Man accused of defrauding seniors arrested
VANCOUVER - A fraudster who was once featured on "America's Most Wanted" over allegations he travelled the country defrauding seniors has been arrested in Vancouver.
Sgt. Randy Fincham of Vancouver police says 57-year old Richard Earl Rupert, who has been dubbed the "Nephew Bandit," was arrested at a hospital Wednesday, where he has been staying for medical treatment under a false identity since June.
Fincham says Rupert is accused of a scam in which elderly people would be contacted by someone claiming to be a distant relative, who would then convince them to hand over large amounts of money.
Police agencies across the country have been searching for Rupert for five years, and Fincham credits a hospital staff member who recognized Rupert from a mug shot.
Rupert is wanted on 18 warrants in three provinces related to charges of fraud, robbery, and break-and-enter.
He is currently in custody.