Eighteen-month fraud investigation leads to arrest of Scugog man

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Published June 18, 2021 at 9:05 pm

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A Scugog resident faces numerous charges following an 18-month fraud investigation into stolen goods from Home Depots around the region.

Investigators from the DRPS Financial Crimes Unit began their investigation in October, 2019 after receiving reports of a suspect who was stealing items and making fraudulent returns at various Home Depot stores.

The investigation concluded this past April.

Police allege the man would make a purchase and take the item to his vehicle. He would re-enter the store and steal the same or slightly more expensive version of the product. He would then return the item with the receipt at a different store.

Home Depot suffered a loss of approximately $7,000.

James Dixon, 55, of Highway 12 in Scugog is charged with: Fraud Over $5,000; Theft Over $5,000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.

He was released on an Undertaking.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Snow of the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5358.

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