Tseshaht chief impersonators defraud victims

Port Alberni RCMP are currently investigating several cases of impersonation which have led to victim’s being defrauded.

  • Apr. 29, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Port Alberni RCMP are currently investigating several cases of impersonation which have led to victim’s being defrauded.

Over the past two weeks, the suspect has made numerous phone calls to local residents claiming to be First Nation Elected Chief Hugh Braker. The suspect then asks for money for an emergency situation. Several victims have been tricked by the suspect as they believed it was a legitimate situation.

Caution should be exercised whenever somebody solicits money over the phone. The solicitor’s identity should always be confirmed prior to donating money. Constable Scott MacLeod, Aboriginal Policing Services- Port Alberni RCMP Detachment.

The investigation continues and police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and are requesting anyone who may have information relating to this incident to contact the local RCMP Detachment at (250)723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.