RCMP lay dozens more fraud charges against N.S. contractor

A Nova Scotia contractor with three previous fraud convictions is facing dozens more fraud charges in relation to 21 incidents last year for contracting work he allegedly never performed. 

Investigators from the Financial Crime Unit — an integrated unit involving members of both the RCMP and Halifax Regional Police — say between January and November 2021, Robert Allan Monk agreed to home improvement work for a number of people. Police say he asked for money up front and in most cases, the money was e-transferred. 

After that, police say, Monk would not perform the work and would stop communicating with clients.

The 51-year-old is charged with:

  • Fraud under $5,000 (20 counts).
  • Possession of property obtained by crime (20 counts).
  • Fraud over $5,000.
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
  • Breach of probation.

According to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, Monk currently has three different cases at different stages in the court process — all of which consist of multiple counts of fraud.

If you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud, police advise reporting it to either police at 902-490-5016 or to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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