Calls for service: 74
On March 12, 2012, the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police became aware of a scam involving two people fraudulently selling air purifiers and water filtration units to senior citizens living in the Hamilton area. The Hamilton Police Service alerted the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police to the scam and noted that they are aware of least one victim in the Peterborough area.
On March 15, 2012, officers in Peterborough met with the victim, an 87-year-old Peterborough woman. The victim reported that between February 2011, and October 2011, she purchased three separate air purifiers from the two suspects with a company called Global Air Care. The victim received numerous calls from this company stating that she either needed a newer, up-to-date unit or filters for the existing unit. The victim was promised a rebate for the three units she purchased over this time period, but never received the rebate.
In November 2011, the victim received another visit from a Sales Consultant with a company called Marshall Eco Smart Solutions, based out of Mississauga. The victim believes that this was a new name for Global Air Care. The Sales Consultant tried to sell the victim a water filtration system, but a family member of the victim was able to intervene before a fraud occurred.
The total amount of the fraud is approximately $10,800. Peterborough Lakefield Community Police continue to investigate this incident.
Charged with offences out of Hamilton (two counts of unlawfully in a dwelling house and two counts of fraud under $5,000) is Joel Agranove, 52 years old. Also charged with offences out of Hamilton (two counts of unlawfully in a dwelling house and two counts of fraud under $5,000) is Scott Kingston, 36 years old.
The Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service is looking for other possible victims of this fraud. If you have any information please contact Constable Patti Shaw at the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service at 705-876-1122 ext. #214 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
For media inquiries please contact Staff Sergeant Larry Charmley at 705-876-1122 ext. 233 or Sergeant Deb Gillis at 705-876-1122 ext. #206.
The accused, Steven Hamblin, 50 years old, of Jackson Avenue, has two Warrants issued for his arrest for Failing to Attend Court.
On March 19, 2012, officers located Hamblin at a Milroy Drive residence where he was placed under arrest. He was held in custody and will attend Court later today.