Thunder Bay Police Lay Fraud Charges Against Handyman

Thunder Bay Court House
Thunder Bay Court House

Thunder Bay Police Unit at Thunder Bay CourtTHUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police have arrested a Thunder Bay resident on a number of Fraud-related charges.

The TBPS Economic Crime Unit have completed investigating eleven complaints received since 2016 from various individuals who hired a handyman and prepaid for home renovations or items that were never delivered.

In total, the complainants paid more than $55,000.00 for services or products not received.

Richard William Nestor Belbas, 41 years old, has been charged with:

  • Fraud over $5000 x 8,
  • Fraud under $5000 x 3
  • Breach of Probation x9.

He has been released and will appear in court on February 13, 2018.

Investigators would like to caution the public about entering into transactions with individuals without seeing the product they are buying or having the work completed before making payment.

Always confirm who you’re dealing when entering to an agreement with a private business or individual.