Jaspal Thiara allegedly defrauded over 100 people for more than $405,000
INVESTIGATORS from Ontario’s Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau have arrested and charged a 34-year-old Toronto man in relation to fraudulent airline and hotel packages, name brand merchandise sales and investment fraud that spanned over two years between 2018 to 2020.
In December 2020, a comprehensive and in-depth investigation was initiated after multiple reports of fraud were received involving Jaspal Thiara, a 34-year-old man from Toronto. He befriended multiple women through close relationships and an online dating application appealing to their larger social networks, friends and family. He solicited discounted pricing on airline tickets, hotels, name brand merchandise and high-return, zero-risk investments. Victims turned over their money and they were never provided the service or the products.
In total, Thiara has defrauded in excess of 100 people through the means indicated above. To date, the total amount defrauded stands at over $405,000, according to police.
On Tuesday, February 2, Jaspal Thiara was arrested and charged with defraud the public and two counts of fraud over $5,000. He was held for a bail hearing on the same day and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.
Peel Regional Police are requesting all members of the public to consider not prepaying for products or services when dealing with unknown or unproven individuals.
Investigators believe that additional victims may exist. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335, or the Officer in Charge of the investigation, Detective Constable Hepton at ext. 3352. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.