Calgary, AB,

Police ask for help to locate man wanted for frauds

UPDATE: The suspect wanted by police in this case has now been arrested.

The Calgary Police Service is asking for the public’s help to locate a man wanted on warrants in connection with several rental frauds around the city.

Between Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and Monday, April 11, 2016, a man approached six landlords at different times asking to rent their fully-furnished residential property. He used someone else’s identity to pose as an engineer with a major oil company and said that the company would be paying all his rent after he moves in.

After moving in, the man then refused to pay rent and claimed he had protections under the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act. Over the course of the year, it is believed he defrauded the landlords of a combined $30,800. The person whose identity was used to rent the properties also received numerous calls demanding he pay his back rent.

Carlos Arnoldo REYES-RIVAS, 46, of Calgary, is charged with five counts of identity theft, three counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of theft under $5,000. He is described as Hispanic, 5’7” tall, with a slim build, brown eyes and black hair.

Police believe REYES-RIVAS is in the Calgary area but have been unable to locate him. 

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on these incidents or the whereabouts of REYES-RIVAS is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Case # Multiple/4114