A 21-year-old Oakville woman is one of multiple people arrested by Halton police 3 District Criminal Investigation Bureau in connection with a series of frauds related to a romance scam operating in Burlington.

In October and November 2020, a senior victim was contacted by a person claiming to be a retired Canadian army sergeant named Darren Michaelson, and began an online romantic relationship.

Over a number of weeks, the victim was defrauded of more than $150,000 after sending money to persons they believed were assisting Michaelson with legal troubles and assistance returning to Canada.

The Oakville woman has been arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Also arrested and charged are a 38-year-old female from London, charged with fraud over $5,000; a 36-year-old Toronto male, charged with fraud under $5,000; a 35-year-old male of Toronto, charged with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime; and a 28-year-old male of Toronto, charged with fraud over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Further arrests are anticipated and police believe there may be additional victims.

Police would like to remind residents of the danger and frequency of these types of scam and to not send money or gift cards to persons you have not met in person. Do not provide your personal information such as financial documents,…

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