TWO WANTED FOLLOWING FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE FRAUD INVESTIGATION


TWO WANTED FOLLOWING FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE FRAUD INVESTIGATION

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are looking to arrest two suspects in relation to a province wide fraud investigation.

In October 2023, the Orillia OPP Detachment received a report from a victim having been defrauded when purchasing an item on Facebook Marketplace. The victim sent a deposit for an item, and never heard from the seller again.

Since October 2023, the Orillia OPP with the assistance of the Orillia OPP Major Crime Unit, more victims have been identified.

Through investigation, investigators were able to identify two suspects whose whereabouts are currently unknown. There are grounds to arrest:

Crystal DAVIES, 28-year-old female from the City of Barrie for the offences of:

Fraud Under $5000 contrary to section 380(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada x8
Justin HAWKINS, 30-year-old male from the City of Barrie for the offence of:

Fraud Under $5000 contrary to section 380(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
If you have any information is relation this investigation or feel you may be a victim, please contact Orillia OPP Major Crime Unit at (705) 326-3536 or toll-free at 1-888-310-1122.

You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online. When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest.

Contact:

Provincial Constable Shelby Russell

Orillia Detachment

(705) 955-3906

[email protected]




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