Calgary, AB,

Calgary man facing additional fraud charges in business scam

Last year, we charged a Calgary man who was responsible for defrauding dozens of victims using a phony tech scam, as well as targeting several women through romance scams.

After being charged in February 2022, the accused was convicted in December and given a conditional sentence order, which resulted in house arrest.

Police determined the accused violated the conditions of their house arrest by defrauding a local business. Investigators learned that the accused registered a business to legitimize his activity and was posing as a corporate merchandise supplier.

Between Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, and Saturday, March 4, 2023, the accused attended a local tattoo business on five separate occasions to have work done on his tattoos. During this time, he told the owner of the tattoo business that he owned a company called Brand Culture YYC and could provide merchandise for the tattoo business to sell, which was agreed upon.

The tattoo business agreed to purchase nearly $11,000 worth of merchandise from the accused, but the merchandise was never delivered. The owner of the tattoo business then reported the incident to police.

Police began investigating and were able to gather evidence that showed the sale agreement and transaction between the accused and the tattoo shop.

As a result, yesterday, Monday, June 12, 2023, Bryan Christopher SYRYDA, 37, was arrested at a residence in the 7100 block of Fountain Road S.E. He is charged with one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, and two counts of breaching a court order.

SYRYDA is scheduled to next appear in court on Thursday, June 15, 2023.

Anyone who has been a victim of fraud is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
APP: P3 Tips

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