Kelowna RCMP are warning the public about a prolific offender with a penchant for fraud after a recent investigation suggests he's still hard at work on his hard-luck hoax.
Between 2002 and 2012, the 40-year-old Kelowna man has amassed 44 convictions with a heavy emphasis on fraud (10) and false pretence (18) offences, and there appears to be no signs of him slowing down.
Reports of the serial scammer are often similar, as he provides the victim with his name and then offers one of two different tales to misappropriate their money. The most common scam is that his truck has broken down, has been towed or has run out of gas and that he needs money to pay for a tow, fuel or to get his vehicle back. The second story he uses is that he is a new neighbour, has locked his keys in his residence and requires money for a locksmith.
The Kelowna man is known to use crack cocaine and supports his habit through his scams. Over the years, he has taken thousands of dollars from dozens of victims.
He is described as:
6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
190 lbs (86 kgs)
Short brown hair