The Vancouver Police have arrested the man dubbed the “Nephew Bandit” following a five year, cross-Canada search.
At 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, 57-year-old Richard Earl Rupert was arrested on 18 warrants issued by police forces in three Canadian provinces for his alleged involvement in frauds targeting the elderly.
It is alleged that Rupert sought out elderly victims, befriended them and gained their trust by pretending to be a distant relative. Rupert then conned them out of their money with a promise of repaying the debt. Rupert would then move on to his next victim, remaining one step ahead of the law.
Law enforcement agencies across Canada have been searching for Richard Rupert for over 5 years. Even though he was featured on America’s Most Wanted and CTV’s W5 – Investigative Reports, Rupert evaded capture by constantly moving throughout B.C. and Canada.
Rupert’s time on the run came to an end yesterday, after police learned he had entered a local hospital in June under the assumed name of Jerry Whitehead. He was identified by an alert hospital staff member, who recognized him from a wanted poster and called police.
Richard Earl Rupert has now been arrested on the following warrants:
- Five counts of fraud, Vancouver Police Department
- Fraud, Victoria Police Department
- Fraud, New Westminster Police Department
- Fraud, White Rock RCMP
- Two counts of fraud, Langley RCMP
- Fraud, personation and theft, Durham Regional Police Service
- Fraud, Niagara Regional Police
- Fraud, London Police Service
- Fraud, Medicine Hat Police Service
- Two counts of fraud and two counts of theft under $5,000, Hamilton Police Services
- Fraud, Waterloo Regional Police Service
- Two counts of fraud and one count of personation, Ottawa Police Service
- Robbery, B&E and three counts of attempted fraud, Toronto Police Service
Richard Earl Rupert is currently in police custody, pending his next court appearance.
“Last night’s arrest brings relief to both his victims and police agencies across Canada as an elusive predator has now been put behind bars,” said Sgt. Randy Fincham.