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Fraudster jailed after conning customers outside Richmond banks

The 24-year-old would prey on people outside of banks, convincing them to deposit cheques, before being handed cash
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Clayton Brooks Hayden has been jailed for 15 months after committing a string of frauds outside banks

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for 15 months, after committing a string of brazen frauds, including five in Richmond.

Clayton Brooks Hayden was also placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay back his victims.

Hayden was caught earlier this year by Surrey RCMP, who had been investigating multiple frauds committed in Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby.

According to the RCMP, Hayden preyed on his victims near financial institutions, pretending that he was in “dire need of help.”

Police said he would “prey on people’s emotions and willingness to help someone they thought was less fortunate.”

Victims were asked to deposit a cheque into their account through an ATM, and to withdraw funds for Hayden.

Days later, however, the victims learned that the cheques were fraudulent.

Earlier this year, Hayden pleaded guilty to 15 fraud related charges and was sentenced two weeks ago.

Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Corporal Vanessa Munn Surrey RCMP is reminding the public to be cautious and never to cash a cheque for someone they don’t know.