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Durham businesswoman charged with defrauding seven

A 40-year-old Whitby resident is facing numerous fraud-related charges after taking more than $55,000 in deposits for catering services, according to Durham Police.

Investigators from Central West Division Criminal Investigations Bureau commenced their investigation in 2021 after numerous victims advised that they had put down deposits for upcoming weddings and they never received any services. The suspect took their deposits and never responded back to them, said a police statement.

The suspect closed the business down several months ago.

At this time, there are seven victims who have suffered a combined loss of approximately $55,000. Investigators would like to ensure there are no other victims. Names and further details are available at www.drps.ca.

The suspect is charged with: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime; Fraud Over $5,000 x6 and Fraud Under $5,000.

She was released on an Undertaking.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Jaciuk of the Central West Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1853.

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