Toronto man faces nearly 100 charges after defrauding multiple online sellers

A Toronto man faces nearly 100 charges after he allegedly defrauded several people selling designer items online, and police believe there may be more victims.

The 22-year-old managed to defraud several people between April 2021 and February 2022 before being arrested, Toronto police said in a statement.

According to police, the man contacted potential victims on Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace and Snapchat, agreeing to purchase various merchandise, primarily clothing and shoes.

He would then meet with the victims and pay for the merchandise with fraudulent checks that the sellers would deposit online.

The checks were for amounts greater than the price of the goods, which led the victims to pay him the difference.

Once the checks turned out to be fraudulent, it was too late – the man already had both the goods and the money.

Police said they arrested the man on June 27. He now faces 97 counts, including five counts of fraud over $5,000, 29 counts of fraud under $5,000, 30 counts of inducing another person to act on a false document, four counts of theft under $5,000 along with uttering threats and 27 breaches of probation.

The man is described as six feet tall and weighing 180 pounds with braided hair with a side fade and a black beard.

Police also say he has tattoos of “Heaven Fraser” on his right forearm and “514” on his left forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100 or leave an anonymous report with Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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