Police seek potential victims of man who used romance to steal money in B.C.

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Reza Moeinian, 37, is shown in this undated police handout photo. A 37-year-old Maple Ridge man has been charged for allegedly engineering romantic relationships in order to steal substantial amounts of money. Coquitlam RCMP is releasing Reza Moeinian’s photo because there are likely more victims who have not yet spoken to police and we need to further the investigation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – RCMP

Fraud and theft charges have been laid against a 37-year-old British Columbia man accused of swindling money from people he met through online dating sites and dating referral services.

RCMP in Coquitlam say Reza Moeinian engineered romantic relationships in order to steal substantial amounts of cash by convincing people to sign up for credit cards and lines of credit, which he drained.

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin says in a news release that police want to assure potential victims that their identity will never be released.

Mounties say anyone who may have been a victim of romance fraud, especially in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, should call police.

Moeinian is accused of using a pseudonym and posing as a foreign businessman.

Along with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000, he is charged with one count of causing someone to use a forged document.

Police say he is currently in custody and scheduled to make his next court appearance on Monday.

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