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Lakeshore resident out $370,000 after alleged romance fraud

An OPP cruiser in a 2023 file photo. (Jillian Renouf/CBC - image credit)
An OPP cruiser in a 2023 file photo. (Jillian Renouf/CBC - image credit)

A Toronto man has been charged with fraud after a person in Lakeshore reported being duped out of more than $370,000.

According to Essex County OPP, police began an investigation in January when a person told police they started a relationship with a person who claimed to be terminally ill and in need of money for medical treatment.

According to police, the individual did not repay the money and left the residence they shared with the complainant.

The individual reported the theft of about $370,000, as well as items stolen from the residence including a car, cash and jewelry.

A 37-year-old Toronto man was taken into custody and charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and four counts of theft over $5,000.

The man remains in custody and will appear in Windsor court at a later date.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim or has information can contact OPP or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous.