Man arrested in national Fraudulent Ticket investigation, Shaun Michael Nixon, 36, Police concerned there may be other victims
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 8:31 AM
Financial Crimes: 416-808-7300
A joint investigation by the Toronto Strategic Partnership and the Peel Regional Police has resulted in an arrest.
The Toronto Strategic Partnership and the Peel Regional Police have been conducting a joint investigation into fraudulent online ticket sales between Friday, August 14, 2015 and Wednesday, July 13, 2016
It is alleged that:
- a man placed online ads purporting to offer tickets for concerts, sports and other events
- customers from across Canada and the United States replied to the ads and negotiated a price for the supposed tickets
- customers sent payment to the man, using email money transfers and money transfer service businesses
- in some cases, the man used bank accounts belonging to woman he had duped to receive email money transfers from customers
- the customers never received the promised tickets
Police are aware of at least 75 victims. Police are concerned there may be other victims.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Shaun Michael Nixon, 36, of Hamilton, was arrested. He is charged with:
1) Fraud Over $5000
2) two counts of Fail to Comply with Probation
He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, July 14, 2016, 10 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
The public is reminded that, when purchasing event tickets through an unlicensed seller, they have no protection when using internet buying and selling sites. We recommend that members of the public never use money transfer service businesses or email money transfers as a form of payment unless the sender personally knows the receiver.
The Toronto Strategic Partnership was formed in 2001 to fight Mass Marketing Fraud. The lead agency in the Partnership is the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit.
Other agencies involved in the Partnership are the Competition Bureau of Canada, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, United States Federal Trade Commission, United States Postal Inspection Service.
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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Alan Spratt, Financial Crimes