Oakville Man Charged in $400,000 Kitchen Renovation Scam

 

A 42-year-old Oakville man is facing a dozen charges in connection with a $400,000 kitchen renovation scam.

Halton police’s fraud bureau made the arrest following a lengthy investigation spanning several months.

The suspect was the principal behind Oakville Kitchen Designers, a kitchen renovation business.

The business averages a 7.5 out of 10 rating on Home Stars based on 37 reviews.

The suspect was contracted by 11 clients for kitchen renovations in 2016 and 2017 but after clients provided “significant” deposits the specified renovations were substantially not completed, police allege.

Several victims were left with a partially renovated kitchen, or a kitchen that had cabinets and sinks removed, at which point the work stopped completely.

The 12th count of fraud is in relation to a transaction with a bank.

The total loss suffered by the victims and the bank is approximately $400,000, say police.

John Anthony Vanderkolk is charged with 12 counts of fraud over $5,000.

Anyone with information involving these cases is asked to phone Det.-Const. Alicia Gibson at 905-825-4747 ext. 8739 or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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