A 46-year-old Calgary man is facing multiple fraud charges in connection to a moving company scam.
Police say the accused did not own any of the actual moving trucks, nor did he have a physical address for his company.
Instead he advertised on the internet and subcontracted out to other firms.
"A man used his moving company operating under the names SIA Transportation, Steven’s Inc. and Anderson International, to allegedly conduct fraudulent behaviour, including defrauding people and businesses across Canada and failing to pay for goods and services," said Calgary police in a release.
Const. Darrin Chaplin said victims include those that didn't get paid for a service and some who had their belongings withheld.
"The man, originally from Ontario, is accused of using his moving companies to collect the personal belongings of his customers, holding them ransom in order to demand additional funds," said police. "In some instances, it is alleged he failed to deliver his customer’s belongings, keeping them for his personal use instead."
Chaplin says crimes like this are not unusual, and the criminals are damaging the reputations of legitimate moving companies.
Steven Blondin, also known as Steven Anderson, faces multiple charges for incidents between April 1, 2013, and Nov. 20, 2013:
- five counts of fraud under $5,000.
- one count of theft over $5,000.
- three counts of false pretense over $5,000.
- one count of false pretense under $5,000.
The charges come after a four-month investigation.
Calgary police, in partnership with Airdrie RCMP, also executed search warrants at various properties that led to the recovery of multiple items.