Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rabbit fraud under investigation

Police have laid dozens of charges, including fraud, against Michael Richards, 22, of Caledonia after a six-month investigation into his Little Hoppers Rabbitry and Caging Ltd.

Police said he promised to provide breeding pairs of rabbits.

Ontario Provincial Police began investigating in October after several residents complained.

Police also say fraudulent and stolen cheques were allegedly used in an attempt to make purchases and pay employees.

The offences dated back to January 2015 and police believe there may be more victims.
Richards faces 69 charges including uttering forged documents, obtaining false pretenses under $5,000, obtaining false pretenses over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, and fraud over $5,000.

Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim to contact the Haldimand County OPP Crime Unit at 1-888-310-1122.