It was alleged that:
– from January 2008 to November 2009, there have been 20 victims, ranging in age from 78 to 95, with an average age of 81,
– the accused attends retirement homes and communities where he presents himself as a distant relative, usually a nephew,
– the accused then convinces his victims to provide him with money for travel, car repairs, or rent,
– he is described as polite, well-mannered and well-spoken, and uses many aliases, but usually uses the first name Richard,
– he frequents bingo halls, stays in motels, bed & breakfasts, occasionally staying at hostels, and pays cash.
Richard Earl Rupert, 54, is wanted on a Canada-Wide Warrant for:
3) eight counts of Fraud Under,
4) three counts of Attempt Fraud Under,
5) six counts of Theft Under.
It is reported that:
– on Friday, June 4, 2010, at 5 p.m., Winnipeg Police Service uniform officers responded to suspicious activity occurring at Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in the 300 block of St. Mary Avenue,
– the investigation has revealed that an elderly man had been withdrawing cash from the ATM, possibly under the direction of a suspicious man who was standing alongside the elderly man,
– an alert employee recognized this scenario as a possible “senior scam” incident and notified police.
Upon police arrival, both the elderly man and the suspicious man were gone from the area.
Richard Earl Rupert is a Person of Interest in a large number of related offences targeting senior citizens across Ontario and Canada.
Bank employees are asked to be especially vigilant when dealing with customers who are senior citizens accompanied by a man matching the above description.
The Toronto Police Service is working with the Winnipeg Police Service on this investigation.
Above: Richard Earl Rupert, 54, wanted in Canada-wide fraud investigation