Release Date: July 20th, 2020 - 1:24pm
Originator: D/Constable, Garry Hans, Regional Fraud Unit, 905 825 4747 ext 8742
Contact: D/Constable, Garry Hans, Regional Fraud Unit, 905 825 4747 ext 8742
The Halton Regional Police Service has laid charges after an investigation into a suspected Romance Scam.
In the fall of 2019, a female resident of Burlington met a male who identified himself as "Enrico Oliveto" on the online dating site "Plenty of Fish". The two met in person and on multiple occasions over the next couple months he convinced her to loan him money. Throughout the relationship, the male portrayed himself to be wealthy.
Once the victim learned the true identity of the male she contacted the Halton Regional Police Service.
Enrico Ricardo Cagnotti (62) of Toronto has been charged with Fraud over $5000, Personation – Identity Fraud and Fail to Comply Probation.
It is believed that Cagnotti may have engaged other victims through various online dating sites and police would like to speak with anyone who had similar dealings with him.
Cagnotti has been released from custody pending a court appearance in Milton.
Anyone with information with regards to this incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Hans of the Regional Fraud Bureau (905) 465-8742.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something?" Contact "Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca