Police in Calgary are reporting that a man accused of using a false identity to rent apartments has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud.
After receiving a number of complaints, police had asked for the public’s help in locating the man, who now has been charged with five counts of identity theft, three counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of theft under $5,000. He is due in court next week.
The statement from police indicates that over the course of the past year, this tenant approached six landlords regarding vacancies. In one instance, he allegedly posed under a false identity. Pretending to be an engineer with a major oil company, he claimed his employer would be picking up the tab for the fully-furnished rental.
Once the man gained possession of the property, he failed to pay the rent and then claimed protection under the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act.
Combined damages suffered by the landlords are expected to exceed $30,000.
The person whose identity was stolen has received numerous collection calls for unpaid rent.
The Calgary Police Service thanked the media and the public for assisting in locating the tenant. For more on the suspect, see Global News.
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