Police charge man with three counts of fraud over $5,000

March 16, 2022
Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

News release

The RCMP/HRP Criminal Investigation Division Financial Crime Unit, assisted by the Halifax District RCMP, has charged a man in relation to three frauds in the Hammonds Plains area.

On July 6, 2021, police received a complaint of fraud in relation to the purchase of a watercraft. The victim made a payment of $7,000 to the seller, a 35-year-old man from Hammonds Plains, and never received the watercraft.

On August 12, 2021, police received a second fraud complaint, this time in relation to the purchase and sale of vehicles. Police learned that the same 35-year-old-man from Hammonds Plains received a payment of more than $35,000 to purchase a vehicle that he never delivered and took possession of another vehicle related to the same transaction and didn't pay the owner.

Through the investigation, police learned that between January 1 and August 31, 2021, the man defrauded victims of over 60,000 in relation to vehicle purchases and sales.

Michael Rizzato has been charged with:

  • Three counts of Fraud Over $5,000
  • Three counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Exceeding $5,000
  • Three counts of Uttering Forged Documents

Rizzato was released from custody and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court on April 5, 2022, at 10a.m.

Anyone who may be a victim of a fraud or scam is encouraged to contact their local police, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.

File #'s: 21-97793 and 21-81018

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Contact information

Cst. Guillaume Tremblay
Public Information Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP
Cell: 902-830-5695
guillaume.c.tremblay@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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