Man with 39 identities swindles Windsor businesses of $215,000: police
Windsor police are looking for a man who has allegedly used 39 identities and cheated Windsor businesses out of at least $215,000 in an elaborate fraud.
The financial crime unit got a complaint on Feb. 12 from a Windsor business owner saying an employee had left the country after completing the fraud.
A man using the name Patrick Kazarian,41, was hired to run a local magazine publication in Windsor and London.
Kazarian represented himself as the owner of both magazines and set up various loans with businesses in the Essex County area. Police say he duped them into believing that they were in fact investing into the magazines.
He initially paid back some of the investors, but in reality was kiting money from one investor to the other, according to police.
Kazarian had no ownership of either business and had no right to assign property to the lenders if he defaulted.
Police say Kazarian wasn’t actually his real name, but it fooled many people. The real person was Patrick Tarverdian-Conaraky, who had fled the United States in 2006 after a fraud conviction in Virginia.
Tarverdian-Conaraky surfaced in the United Kingdom after that and arrived in Canada 2010. He is a Swedish citizen of Iranian descent.
He left Windsor on Feb. 11, stealing a co-workers car and driving to the Swedish Embassy in Ottawa. He booked a flight from Ottawa to Toronto and then Toronto to Manchester, England with a connecting flight to Stockholm, Sweden.
Police believe he intentionally did not make his connection to Stockholm and is living under another name in Liverpool, England.
Several arrest warrants have been issued for Tarverdian-Conaraky, for fraud over $5000.00 and theft of a motor vehicle.
Anyone with information on this man can contact the Windsor police financial crime unit at 519-255-6700 x4330 or Crime Stoppers at (519)-258-TIPS (8477).