Beware of jerseys with fake McDavid signatures: EPS
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:33AM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:02PM MDT
The Edmonton Police Service believe there may be people who have bought Oilers jerseys with fraudulent Connor McDavid signatures.
The jerseys were sold online by a man claiming to be from the Oilers Entertainment Group or Pro Am Sports.
Police say the jerseys appear to be authentic, but the signatures on them are not.
The investigation began after it was reported that Chandra Vinesh Singh, 23, contacted several people in April 2018 through Facebook's Messanger app claiming he was an employee of Pro Am Sports or the Oilers Entertainment Group and was selling autographed Connor McDavid jerseys.
Investigators say Singh sold two jerseys with fake autographs to one person for $1,400, and that another victim was defrauded $23,000.
In February 2019, police say Singh proposed an investment opportunity to someone on Facebook involving jerseys which he claimed were signed by McDavid. Investigators say in one case, a bogus certificate of authenticity accompanied the jersey with phony signature.
The dollar figures cited by investigators indicate dozens of jerseys are likely involved, though police aren't confirming exact numbers.
Singh, 23, has been charged with two counts of possession of a forged document, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and false pretense.
Police say Singh also goes by Vinesh Singh, or Vinny.
He is scheduled to appear in court in September.
"People either trusted or decided this sounded like a good opportunity and they went for it," said Const. Derek Burns with Edmonton Police Services.
"If you're buying any jersey with an autograph or signature, be cautious when you're purchasing online."
Police believe there may be other victims who bought fraudulent jerseys, and are asking anyone who was contacted by Singh to call them at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Potential victims can also visit an Edmonton police location an fill out a statement using the file number 19-100147.
Investigators will be holding a press conference at 9 a.m. CTV News Edmonton will carry the press conference live on our website.