A woman is facing a charge after a fraud investigation involving an elderly victim.
On May 4, a 91-year-old woman contacted police after noticing irregular financial activities on her credit card statement. The investigation revealed that the victim had been defrauded of several thousands of dollars by a suspect who used her credit card at various locations in Halifax in the last two months.
Last night at 6:35 p.m., investigators arrested 65-year-old Brenda Louise Clements of Halifax without incident. She was held in custody overnight and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face a charge of fraud over $5,000.
The accused knew the victim as she had volunteered her time to help the victim with daily activities and errands. Financial situations, health needs or the reliance on others can make seniors vulnerable to fraud. Police recommend that you thoroughly check the references of anyone offering their help before entrusting them with your money or personal care.
Investigators believe that there may be more victims who have been defrauded in a similar manner. If you believe you have been the victim of a fraud, please call the Financial Crime Unit at 902-490-1985. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637