Faris Namrud, made a brief appearance in Vancouver provincial court Wednesday, a week after an arrest warrant was issued on charges he scammed a Vancouver woman out of $88,000.

He's been ordered held without bail.

Namrud is accused of defrauding 66-year-old Kasandra Harfield of $88,000, her cash deposit to turn an East Vancouver garage into a laneway home.

Kasandra Harfield

Kasandra Harfield, 60, claims Faris Namrud defrauded her of $86,000. (CBC)

The Iraqi refugee has already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past.

In a sworn affidavit filed in court, Harfield says Namrud — who is known to use a range of aliases — told her his name was Franco Nemro Loranzo, operator of Miami Home Renovation

Harfield also claims he promised he could fast track building permits at city hall until Harfield says she discovered Namrud hadn't even applied for a building permit. 

And she says he gave her refund cheques that turned out to be worthless.

Six years ago, following his first jail term, Namrud was ordered deported, but has somehow remained in Canada.

His lawyer insists it's all a big misunderstanding and says his client encourages anyone who feels they have been victimized to come forward.

Read the Notice of Civil Claim between Kasandra Harfield, Faris Namrud and Jenny Huynh

With files from Eric Rankin