Be wary of people collecting money door-to-door, OPP says


OTTAWA – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti Rackets Branch, with the assistance of the OPP Peterborough County Detachment has charged a former Peterborough man following an extensive investigation which involved deceptive canvassing techniques.

The accused, between June 2008 and October 2008, attended residences and businesses door to door in communities from Peterborough to Ottawa while employed for a legitimate political lobbying organization. He would then use deceptive techniques to raise funds for one of his own organizations, the Ontario Taxpayers Association or Advocates for Ontario Taxpayers.

The OPP have charged Stephen WRIGHT, 43-years-old, of Brampton Ontario with one count of Fraud Over $ 5000. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Division, in Ottawa on January 14, 2010.

The OPP are reminding residents to practice due diligence when making donations to persons who canvas door to door. Fraudsters often utilize “sound-alike” names of legitimate charities when they present themselves looking for donations.

— Peterborough County OPP press release

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