WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man is behind bars for pretending to collect money for a local charity.
Police got a number of calls about a man going around asking for money for CancerCare Manitoba.
It happened between July 31st and August 18th in the St. James and River Heights area.
Turns out it was all a scam and he was pocketing the money for himself. He was able to scam at least eight people.
Michalyshen says if you’re not sure if a canvasser is legitimate, ask questions.
“If someone is representing an organization and receiving charitable donations on their behalf, I think they would be very well versed in what they’re doing, why they’re doing or where that money is going. If someone becomes defensive or even angry or very pushy, I think that should be some red flags for anyone.”
Meanwhile, Director of Marketing and Communications with CancerCare Jane Kidd-Hantscher notes they never canvas door-to-door.
She says they were very upset when they found out this was happening.
“Most of all we were upset at the beginning for the individuals who had been identified by this individual that he had gone to their home and he had told them a story that they were compelled to donate to him. That point they are out of pocket because they provided funds to him, of course if it’s fraudulent it won’t find its way to us.”
Kidd-Hantscher adds they’re worried actions like this can also affect CancerCare’s reputation.
38-year-old Cory John Oger now faces eight counts of fraud.
Oger has been arrested before in connection to a robbery in 2014.