Quebec man facing more than 70 charges following elaborate fraud scheme

A Quebec man is facing 70 charges after he allegedly racked up more than $164,000 worth of fraudulent credit card charges in Durham and other parts of the province.

Police say the man participated in an elaborate fraud scheme between September and November of last year.

“During this time, he attended several Home Depot stores situated throughout Durham Region and in other parts of Ontario. He impersonated Home Depot credit card clients and used their in-store credit cards to make purchases of merchandise and gift cards worth more than $164,000,” reads a media release from the DRPS.

The accused was identified following an investigation and a Canada-wide warrant was issued.

He was arrested in Laval, Quebec earlier this week.

Hovel Kechichian, 32, has been charged with 23 three counts each of personation with intent, possess credit card obtained by crime and possess identity info with inference of fraud, as well as a single count of fraud over $5,000. He was held for a bail hearing.

“The investigators would like to express their gratitude to members of the Laval Police Service – Criminal Investigations Fraud Division (Service de police de Laval – Enquêtes Criminelles division des frauds) for their assistance in this investigation,” reads the media release.

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