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Police release photo of Brampton man involved in nationwide lottery scam targeting older adults for over 2 years

Peel police arrested and charged a Brampton man in connection with multiple frauds targeting older adults that took place over two years beginning in November of 2020.

Investigators believe that additional victims may exist and are urging the public to see the attached photo if they recognize the suspect from similar fraud crimes.

The suspect allegedly contacted the victims and told them they had won millions in the lottery and were required to pay the taxes for their winnings to be released, police said in a news release. The victims were instructed to send their payments to the suspect located in Brampton.

On September 15, a thorough investigation culminated with a search warrant executed by Peel Regional Police Fraud Investigators, who arrested and charged Clive Lothian, a 60-year-old resident of Brampton, with multiple offences including defrauding the public. He was released with a court date and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on October 16 to answer the charges. Their investigation was assisted by law enforcement partners in Moose Jaw, SK; Bridgewater, NS; Thunder Bay, ON; and Timmins, ON.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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