In July of 2014, the Niagara Regional Police Service received a complaint regarding a male who had accepted money from individuals for the purpose of investing it with him.

The accused purported himself to be a person of great wealth, claiming ownership of large companies, financial institutions, and properties, with the resources and connections to invest the money for these investors.

An investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Centralized Fraud Unit found that the man’s claims were unfounded.

According to police, on Tuesday March 10, 2015, investigators arrested and charged 69 year old Robert Lawrence RAWLINGS of no fixed address with 2 counts of Fraud Over $5000, Laundering Proceeds of Crime, and 2 counts of Fraud Under $5000.  RAWLINGS was held in custody pending a bail hearing for Wednesday, March 11,  2015.

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