A two-year police investigation that started with a Prescott, Ont. woman reporting a romance fraud has ended with dozens of charges against a 35-year-old man.

Police say the “lengthy and complex investigation” uncovered alleged romance fraud involving 21 victims.

The first of those was a Prescott, Ont. woman who contacted police in October 2019. Police were able to prevent her from losing $50,000 to the alleged fraudster, whom she met on a social media site.

“Thankfully, we were involved at a point where this could be halted before it went further,” OPP Const. Ann Collins said.

After that, police started a second investigation, involving the Ottawa unit of the OPP anti-rackets branch, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada.

That led to the following charges against a 35-year-old Etobicoke man:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Failing to comply with a release order
  • Transmitting identity information
  • Identity theft (15 counts)
  • Possession of credit card data (18 counts)
  • Possession of a credit card (nine counts)
  • Possession of an identity document (six counts)

The accused, Nosa Solomon Oriakhi, appeared in court on Brockville on Monday and was remanded into custody.

What is romance fraud?

Romance fraudsters use dating and social networking sites to contact their victims. They create accounts using stolen photos and back stories that often suggest they…

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