BC man charged in Strathroy town hall cybercrime amid separate investigation

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A Vancouver man charged with fraud in an alleged cybercrime targeting the Strathroy-Caradoc municipality is also the subject of an unrelated OPP fraud investigation, police say.

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Lambton OPP also interested in Vancouver man charged in Strathroy fraud case

Strathroy-Caradoc police launched a fraud investigation in April at the request of the municipality, police said Monday.

“At the time, funds were fraudulently obtained after being diverted from a supplier’s account,” said Police Commissioner Strathroy. Michelle McIntyre , who refused to name the contractor or say how much money had been taken

“But at the moment we are not going to disclose the amount as further investigation is underway,” she added.

Civil servants in Strathroy-Caradoc, a municipality of 20,000 west of London, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Strathroy police detectives traveled to British Columbia, where they teamed up with the Vancouver Police Financial Crime Unit on Wednesday to search a home in Vancouver and arrest Yiu Sun Wong, 72, police said.

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“What actually happened is that the investigators tracked electronic records to identify the accused party,” McIntyre said.

Wong, who was taken to Ontario on Friday and taken into custody, is charged with fraud exceeding $5,000 and fraudulent concealment. He was due to appear in a courtroom in London on Monday.

The Vancouver resident is also being considered a person of interest in an unrelated fraud investigation by Lambton County OPP, said McIntyre, who referred further questions to the OPP.

A Lambton OPP spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.


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