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Owner of mechanic shop in Lethbridge faces 62 charges after fraud investigation

Police in southern Alberta say an owner of a mechanic shop faces 62 charges after an investigation into alleged fraud.
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Lethbridge Police Headquarters is shown in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Police in southern Alberta say an owner of a mechanic shop faces 62 charges after an investigation into alleged fraud.

Investigators say they have identified more than two dozen victims and believe there could be more.

Police say an investigation started last year into Fisher Diesel in Lethbridge, Alta., after reports of questionable business practices.

Police allege that between 2018 and 2021, the victims they identified lost a combined $500,000 from credit card fraud and for advanced fees charged for services that were never rendered.

Lethbridge police say the 40-year-old business owner, who is from Stirling, Alta., has been arrested.

The man faces charges including theft over $5,000, unauthorized use of credit card and forgery.

Police say the man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 14. 

The Canadian Press