Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit are seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect following a fraud totalling close to $40,000.

On September 1, 2017, police began an investigation after receiving a report from an employee of a bank about a fraud. The reporting party advised that in June 2017, a man attended a bank in Thornhill and opened personal chequing and savings accounts and later opened up a business account. In July 2017, the suspect deposited two fraudulent cheques for large amounts and began withdrawing money, eventually totalling more than $39,000. Through the investigation it was learned that the suspect used fraudulent identification to open the bank accounts.

Investigators are releasing images of the suspect and are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying this man.

Suspect description:

• Male, white
• 50 to 60
• Approximately 5’6”, 180 lbs.
• Short grey and white hair
• Moustache
• Wears glasses
• Used the name Raymond Clause in opening his accounts

Anyone who can identify this suspect or have other information are asked to contact the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6848 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.