Halton police make arrest in fraud investigation, multiple charges laid

Published April 9, 2021 at 10:36 am

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has arrested a suspect that was wanted for various fraud charges dating back to 2017.

Police say on April 8, 2021, investigators with the HRPS Risk Mitigation Team located and arrested Christopher McSwain, a 40-year-old from Gatineau QC in Ottawa.

According to police, he was arrested with assistance from the Ottawa Police Service and has been charged with fraud under $5000 (12 counts).

McSwain was held pending a bail hearing, police say.

According to police, the fraud charges relate to contracts entered by the accused from 2017-2019 and were for snow removal services, roofing services and cottage rentals.

Police say the contracts were signed under various company names including “Alton Village Landscaping Group” and “Brant Hills Landscape Group” with victims throughout Halton, Hamilton, Peel and elsewhere in Ontario.

If you believe you have been the victim of a fraud offence in Halton please contact the Fraud Intake Line at 905 465 8741.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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