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Elderly "handyman" accused of taking cross-country trip on stolen credit card

A trip to Alberta isn't what a Gananoque man thought he'd be paying for when he sent an 80-year-old to go buy construction supplies, using his credit card.
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An 80-year-old Gananoque man is facing theft and fraud charges after someone claimed to have their credit card stolen by the person they hired to fix their house.

Back in July, the Gananoque Police Service started to look into a report of a Gananoque resident having more than $8,800 in Visa transactions charged to his credit card, which he said he was not responsible for. 

The victim had hired a man to do a job for him, at his home, and gave up his Visa card in order for the man to purchase job-related products. 

Investigators soon found out the accused never purchased the agreed upon supplies to do the job, but left on a vacation on June 28 instead.

The suspect headed to Alberta without informing anyone of his whereabouts. 

Weeks later, the victim received a bank statement for his Visa and noticed multiple unexplained cash advances on the Visa totalling $8,827.68. 

Last Wednesday, August 29, an arrested was made by the Gananoque Police Service. 

During the arrest, the accused was found to still be in possession of the Visa in the victim's name. 

An 80-year-old Gananoque man has been charged with theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000, and unauthorized use of a credit card. 

He is scheduled to appear in a Brockville court at a later date. 

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