Police are looking for potential victims of a 66-year-old fraudulent repeat offender who allegedly cheated “vulnerable people” in Montreal’s Latin American community.
Gloria Echeverria Albu Paz was arrested on January 14. She appeared at the Montreal courthouse on Friday on a charge of fraud.
According to the authorities, the accused would have cheated elderly people of the Spanish-speaking community using the “ghost house” scheme.
“It targets Spanish-speaking seniors and falsely makes them believe they have been mandated to sell a house at a good price, because the owners have to move abroad,” the SPVM explained in a press release.
“It then provides them with various pretexts to succeed in extracting large sums of money from them, time and time again and over long periods of time, although no house is actually for sale,” the police added.
Investigators in the file say they have good reason to believe the suspect may have claimed more lives.
This is not the first time that the 60-year-old has found herself in court for fraudulent crimes.
The “ghost house” ploy is exactly the same that Gloria Echeverria Albu Paz used to cheat her victims almost 10 years ago. She was arrested by the SPVM in 2011 and pleaded guilty to fraud charges brought against her the following year.
She was sentenced to two years less a day in jail and three years probation.
Gloria Echeverria Albu Paz was also arrested in the early 2000s for fraud. She had pleaded guilty to the two counts brought against her in 2004 and was sentenced to two years probation.
Investigators invite anyone who may have been a victim or who knows someone who may have been a victim of Gloria Echeverria Albu Paz to go to their neighborhood police station or to call 911, in order to file an official complaint.