Local business defrauded out of $15,000

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

Prince Edward OPP are reminding local businesses and residents to be wary of fraud scams involving payments in cryptocurrency.

OPP report a Picton business recently received a call from someone impersonating a fire inspector. The suspect fire inspector requested information from the business and advised that the suspect would be attending the business to inspect the premises. The suspect then advised the employees they were in violation and would be facing a significant fine. The suspect then requested a partial payment to avoid further repercussions. Employees then transferred approximately $15,000 via cryptocurrency to the suspect. The investigation remains ongoing.

The OPP are reminding business owners to ask questions prior to sending money. Should someone claim to be an inspector, ask for credentials. An ask for cryptocurrency should be a red flag.

IN OTHER OPP NEWS:

On Friday September 3, 2021 shortly before 6:00 p.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on County Road 10. Officers responded alongside Hastings Quinte EMS and one individual was transported to hospital.

As a result of further investigation, Jay Prettie, 43, from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with the following offences: Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Careless driving The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on September 29 2021. The drivers licence was suspended for a period of ninety days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On Saturday September 4, 2021 just after 8:00 a.m. members from the Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a possible impaired driver near Sandbanks Provincial Park. Officers arrived and located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. The driver was arrested and taken back to detachment for further testing.

Jerome Bedard-Renauld, 37 from Saint-Libore Quebec, was arrested and charged with: Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Drive motor vehicle no licence ; Having care and control of a motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor – LLA 32(1) Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available – CCA 2017 12(1).

-Staff