Fraudster who targeted Oak Bay senior gets 18-month sentence

Victoria man arrested last year pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud

A man who bilked an Oak Bay senior out of $1,220 in cash pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud, including the Oak Bay incident, on June 17.

In April, 2012 the man, later identified as Kevin Thomas Gordon of Victoria, knocked on the door of a home on Eastdowne Road and offered to do driveway sealing for the elderly home owner. He convinced the woman to go to the bank to withdraw the funds to pay him upfront for the work.

He never performed the services promised, nor did he respond to any attempts to contact him made by the victim or the police.

“This is a file that our detective section took an active interest in from the start,” said Oak Bay Chief Mark Fisher. “In this instance the offender actually took the victim to the bank to get cash from her account before doing the work. This type of exploitation of the elderly is despicable. The investigators were pleased to see the offender receive a significant sentence in this instance.”

A joint investigation by the Oak Bay police, Saanich police and Central Saanich police determined Gordon was responsible for a series of similar frauds across the Greater Victoria area. He was arrested on July 16, 2012 on an unrelated matter and remained in custody.

Gordon received an 18-month sentence, and was ordered to make restitution upon his eventual release, as a condition of the court imposed probation.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP looking for man wanted on four counts of breaching court conditions

Christopher Elliott, 28, described as Caucasian with black hair, brown eyes

Work has started on Malahat Skywalk, expected completion in 2021

$15-million project expected to open in spring, 2021

Victoria councillors advocate once again for free youth transit passes regionally

The idea was originally rejected by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission in August 2019

Province offers expertise to help Esquimalt clean up Gorge oil spill

A leaky home heating tank shed oil into ground and storm water systems

B.C. men’s life expectancy down for a third straight year

Opioid crisis held responsible for declining life expectancy

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Greater Victoria’s wanted list for the week of Jan. 28

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

VIDEO: Canada looking to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Baby Bear statue returned to be reunited with Mama and Papa in Island Secret Garden spot

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Watch out for scams, clickbait in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death: Better Business Bureau

Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles

‘Very disrespectful’: Headstones at Okanagan cemetery damaged by excavation crew

Headstones at Enderby’s Cliffside Cemetery mistakenly driven over by excavation crew

Despite reports of decline, birds flocking to national parks in Canadian Rockies

Recent studies suggest overall bird population has slid by three billion since 1970

Most Read