Fraud investigation leads to charges for an Ottawa couple

Written by  Ontario Provincial Police Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:16
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(NORTH FRONTENAC TOWNSHIP, ON) - On October 31st, 2017, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac/ Sharbot Lake charged an Ottawa couple with fraud.

The investigation revealed that from August 2013 to March 2016, the couple defrauded victims of nearly $100 000.00 in total.

Gipse Julio Ricardo VILLAS, age 67 commonly known as Guilio VILLAS and his wife Jessica Louise VILLAS, age 41both of Ottawa ON, have been charged with 2 counts each of Fraud Over $5 000.00.
The couple committed the frauds by utilizing alleged political connections to influence, engage and establish trust with t he victims. The VILLAS' would pose as persons with positions of high authority in order to defraud victims of large amounts of cash.
The VILLAS' were released on a Promise to Appear to attend the Sharbot Lake Ontario Court of Justice on December 18, 2017.

Police have learned that the VILLAS' travel regularly to the Kingston and Montreal areas. If anyone has information regarding these alleged frauds please contact the Frontenac / Sharbot Lake OPP Detachment at 613-372-1932 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com

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