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Man Charged With Scamming Young West Vancouver Men On Grindr App


Photo: West Vancouver Police

A man is facing several charges of defraudment on the dating app Grindr for two young West Vancouver men.

The Burnaby RCMP arrested the 39-year-old suspect, Christian Michael Lee Richardson, this past Friday.

According to a West Vancouver Police release, there were two separate report incidents from the men who had been schemed in October 2017.

Both reports stated that the man who is currently being charged had befriended them on the app and offered to help them financially.

The man had identified himself to the man as ‘Richard’ or ‘Quantum’, allegedly asking the victims to set up bank accounts in their name and cash cheques that the suspect had given them.

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‘Richard’ then encouraged the victims to make purchases and share the cash with him. The cheques were fraudulent, and victims reported losses over $3000.

There were a total of five charges against Richardson, including two counts of theft under $5000, two counts of fraud under $5000, and one count of uttering a forged document.

Since the arrest on April 20th, Richardson has made an appearance at the North Vancouver Provincial Court.

He will be making his second court appearance at the North Vancouver Provincial Court on Wednesday, April 25th 2018.

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