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Police charge second man in $250,000 vehicle part fraud

For Immediate Release: 08-Jan-2019 @ 3:50 PM
MRU #: 18R106-1  

The Edmonton Police Service has charged a second man for defrauding several Edmonton businesses.

Between November 2017 and April 2018, police received more than 10 reports of fraud from Edmonton businesses that sold vehicle parts and electrical goods.


Following a thorough investigation, detectives determined that two male suspects used stolen credit card information to purchase more than $250,000 worth of goods from the businesses.


On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, Peter Philip Cardinal, 60, was arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000(x5), fraud under $5,000 (x2), uttering a forged document and an unrelated outstanding criminal warrant.


In a news release issued on Sept. 19, 2018, investigators noted that they were still actively working to locate the second suspect.


On Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, investigators charged Richard Joseph Zukowksi, 42, with fraud over $5,000 (x5), fraud under $5,000 (x2) and uttering a forged documentZukowksi was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.


If other businesses that sell similar goods believe they may have been defrauded, investigators are encouraging them to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.


Please contact Carolin Maran at (780) 421-3544 for more information.

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