Peel police say officers have arrested and charged a 34-year-old Toronto man in relation to the sale of allegedly fraudulent airline and hotel packages, name-brand merchandise and investments between 2018 and 2020.
Police say that in December 2020, an investigation was initiated after multiple reports of fraud were made involving Jaspal Thiara. Police allege the accused befriended multiple women through close relationships and online dating apps, appealing to their larger social networks, friends and family. According to police, the accused allegedly solicited discounted pricing on airline tickets, hotels, name-brand merchandise and high return, zero-risk investments.
Victims turned over their money and were never provided with the services or the products, police say.
Police allege that the accused has defrauded more than 100 people out of up to $405,000.
On Feb. 2, 2021, the accused was arrested and charged with defrauding the public and two counts of fraud over $5,000. He was held for a bail hearing on the same day and appeared in court.
“Peel Regional Police are requesting all members of the public to consider not prepaying for products or services when dealing with unknown or unproven individuals,” police said in a news release.
“Investigators believe that additional victims may exist. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335 or the Officer in Charge of the investigation, Detective Constable Hepton at ext. 3352.”