Man impersonated soldier to lure woman online, OPP say
36-year-old Trenton man used military uniform, stole thousands of dollars in 'catfishing' case, OPP allege
A Trenton, Ont., man has been charged with theft and impersonation after allegedly pretending to be a member of the military in order to lure a woman into a relationship, Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday.
The woman, a resident of Loyalist Township, met the 36-year-old man on an online dating site, OPP said.
According to OPP, the man, who claimed to be a member of the Canadian military, befriended the woman and within a month moved into her home and began stealing money from her.
The practice is known as "catfishing."
The woman filed a theft complaint on Sept. 22, and police arrested the man. He's charged with:
- Personating a peace officer while using a uniform.
- Three counts of theft under $5,000.
- Two counts of theft over $5,000.
- Failure to comply with bail terms.
The man was held for a bail hearing and will appear in court in Napanee on Oct. 3.