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Fraudster scams money off Humboldt tragedy

On Oct. 3, Saskatoon RCMP Provincial General Investigation Section (GIS) were contacted regarding an alleged investor fraud and possible GoFundMe page fraud. The frauds allegedly occurred between March 9, 2017 and June 20, 2018.
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On Oct. 3, Saskatoon RCMP Provincial General Investigation Section (GIS) were contacted regarding an alleged investor fraud and possible GoFundMe page fraud. The frauds allegedly occurred between March 9, 2017 and June 20, 2018.

Initial collaborative investigation with the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) – Securities Division, suggested an alleged investor fraud was running under the name Aero Capital Inc. Further evidence was discovered that a GoFundMe page in the name of #PrayForHumboldt had been created, with 35 victims contributing to the campaign – 21 from Canada and 14 from the United States. The page has since been taken down and the donators have been notified. This GoFundMe campaign had generated approximately $3800 before it was closed down.

On Nov. 20, Saskatoon Provincial GIS unit with the assistance of Martensville RCMP Detachment and Prince Albert RCMP GIS unit, arrested and charged 32-year-old Andrij Olesiuk with the following:

- Fraud Over $5,000
- Fraud Under $5,000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
- Laundering Proceeds of Crime

Andrij Olesiuk made his first court appearance in Saskatoon Provincial Court Wednesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 12.