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Police say Ottawa dating site fraudster could be in Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 5, 2021 at 10:03 am MDT

Rodney Crabtree is wanted by Ottawa police for fraud using online dating sites. (CREDIT: Ottawa Police Service)

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service now believes a fraud suspect could be in Edmonton, Calgary or the Vancouver area.

On Friday, officers said they have received information that a 49-year-old man, wanted in relation to multiple Ottawa fraud investigations, was spotted in those Canadian cities over the last few weeks.

Police said Rodney Crabtree has been meeting potential victims through online dating sites, or by claiming to be a contractor/developer, before defrauding them.

Crabtree is believed to use several aliases when meeting victims:

Troy Williams
Troy Reilly
Rodney Pelletier
Rodney Wallace
Rodney William
Rodney Tremblay
John Wallace

Investigators are concerned that there may be multiple victims in this case and are asking anyone who may have been a victim of fraud to contact them.

Anyone with information about Crabtree’s whereabouts is asked to phone police or Crime Stoppers.