RCMP set up tipline for alleged Fort Mac fundraising fraud

Cranbrook RCMP have set up a tip line — 250-417-2929 — for anyone with information concerning a fundraising fraud in Cranbrook to call.

  • Nov. 25, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Cranbrook RCMP have set up a tip line — 250-417-2929 — for anyone with information concerning a fundraising fraud in Cranbrook to call.

The police announced last week that a Cranbrook man is currently suspected in a large fraud, after initiating a fundraiser for Fort MacMurray under the name, “Fort Mac Fundraiser”.

In the spring of 2016, a resident of Cranbrook initiated a raffle in the name of “Fort Mac Fundraiser” with the assistance of local Cranbrook businesses to raise money and supplies in support of families victimized by the Fort McMurray Fire. Local businesses were quite generous in providing goods and services for the raffle, all for the good of the residents of Fort MacMurray.

On November 15, 2016, Cranbrook RCMP received information about this raffle and that it may be fraudulent in nature. BC Gaming Police and Enforcement Branch confirmed that no gaming license was ever granted for this raffle.

A suspect has been identified, and Cranbrook RCMP are actively investigating the alleged fraud. . Anyone with any information about this fraud is asked to contact the Cranbrook RCMP Tip Line at 250-417-2929.