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Man held over $200,000 fraud

Feb 01 2012

A man accused of bilking more than $200,000 from a 90-year-old Victoria resident has been arrested in small-town Manitoba and returned to B.C.

Acting on information provided by the Victoria Police Department, the Manitoba Integrated Warrant Apprehension Unit found Richard William Patterson in Norway House, about 950 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Patterson, who had been the subject of a Canada-wide warrant, was charged with fraud last September for promising to carry out home renovations for the elderly man that were never done. Alert Royal Bank staff who became suspicious about the man's account alerted Victoria police after checking his home and realizing no work had gone on there.

Police said Patterson is well known to them and had no fixed address at the time of his initial arrest for fraud.

Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said the Canada-wide warrant was put in place in December when Patterson breached the conditions placed on him by the court and left Vancouver Island. Russell said he was at large for about a month before Manitoba authorities caught up with him.

Patterson was scheduled for a Tuesday court appearance in Victoria.

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