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Falcon Lake businessman charged with fraud

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The owner of a Falcon Lake construction business is facing fraud and mischief charges after he allegedly filed insurance claims and reported thefts of items that police say were never stolen.

Falcon Beach RCMP charged the man in connection with three separate reports of theft and insurance claims between 2010 and 2013.

In June 2013, RCMP investigated the report of a break-in at the construction business where the man said a long list of tools and construction equipment such as welders, drills, a table saw had allegedly been stolen. The value of the items the man reported to the RCMP and and an insurance company were valued at $500,000. During the investigation, police recovered many of the items and found they were never stolen.

The RCMP then investigated two prior theft reports and insurance claims filed by the man and discovered those items were also never stolen.

A $28,000 pickup truck reported stolen by the man in 2010, which had an insurance claimed filed on it, was recovered by police.

A $12,000 hot tub at the man’s Falcon Lake cottage, also reported as stolen and claimed under insurance, was also located.

Colin Durward, 37, of Oakbank, has been charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of public mischief. He is scheduled to appear in Steinbach Court on Oct. 10.

Falcon Beach RCMP are continuing to investigate and ask that anyone with information on this case to contact them at 204-349-8035.

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