Police seeking assistance to locate Roger William Decarie, 40, of Ottawa wanted for several renovation scams

Update: The Ottawa Police Fraud unit would like to thank the public for their assistance and would like to advise that Roger William Decarie has been arrested this morning.

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit is seeking the community’s assistance to locate Roger William Decarie, 40, of Ottawa, who has several warrants for his arrest relating to a renovation scam.

Decarie is facing the following charges:

  •       Nine counts of false pretense
  •       Nine counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime

It is alleged that between May 2018 and May 2019, Decarie posted advertisements on social media offering renovation services (fence building, basement renovations, drywall services).  Potential clients would contact Decarie who in turn would attend the client’s residence, or ask for pictures and give a written quote. A 10 to 50 percent deposit was requested by cash or e-transfer.

Decarie did not show up to commence the work on the scheduled date and all communications ceased.

Roger Decarie would also present himself as “Roger Williams”.

He is described as a Caucasian male, 40 years-old, medium built, 5’11” (180 cm) tall, and with blue eyes (see attached picture).

Anyone who may have information on Decarie’s whereabouts are asked to contact police or send an email to Detective Shaun Wahbeh at 613-236-1222 ext. 5492 or by email at wahbehs@ottawapolice.ca<mailto:fraud@ottawapolice.ca>.

Victims of this scam are asked to make a fraud report on-line or to contact 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.

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