An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of defrauding women through an online romance scam.
Coquitlam RCMP says 44-year-old Ross Thomas Bullough is wanted on a pair of counts of credit card fraud, two for possession of stolen credit cards, and one of theft of under $5,000. He’s also wanted on warrants in Ontario and Quebec.
Bullough is accused of a scam in which he posed as a man named Richard Silver in order to defraud a Coquitlam woman he met online.
It wasn’t long before he was staying at her home – but less than a week later, he vanished… along with her house keys and bank cards which were subsequently used to withdraw cash from her account.
After disappearing, she discovered all of his contact information had been changed, and that his address was fake.
Police say they discovered multiple aliases including ‘Richard Harvey Silver,’ ‘Jack Harvey,’ ‘Dan Whelan’ and ‘James Whelan,” along with similar police files across B.C.
Corporal Michael McLaughlin says the RCMP received half a dozen solid tips to pursue during their first day investigating.
“It’s one of those files where it’s easy to be cynical, but it shows how much people actually want to help. Our investigator was almost overwhelmed when we went to the public asking for identification and tips and that directly led to the ID of our suspect.”
After going public with the information, tips from the public helped to identify a suspect.
“[We] immediately had to take down the news release and work on those. Thanks to those tips, our investigator believes we’ve come to a very good identification for a suspect.”
RCMP describes him as having dark brown hair that may be in a ponytail, a trim beard and very blue eyes.
Anyone with information on Bullough’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.
With files from Kyle Benning