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Local man wanted in connection with rental fraud investigation

Police say the suspect, at times using a fake name, would seek out people online that were looking to rent an apartment. After agreeing to a move-in date, the suspect would then tell the victim the apartment was no longer available
2021-12-09 Mark Christopher Cipparone Wanted NRPS (1) (1)
Mark Christopher Cipparone is wanted in connection to a rental fraud investigation.
In November of 2021, The Niagara Regional Police Central Fraud Unit commenced an investigation into allegations of an individual fraudulently presenting a residential property for rent in the City of Thorold.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, often utilizing the fake name Chris Jenkins, would seek out individuals online that were looking for an apartment to rent. The suspect would show them the residence, and have them sign a fraudulent lease agreement and he would accept a down payment.

In the days leading up to the agreed upon move in date, the suspect would then advise the victims that they can no longer move in and he cannot refund their money.

Several victims have now come forward to police. Detectives have reason to believe that there are further victims.

Mark Christopher Cipparone (39 years of age) of Thorold is currently wanted by the Niagara Regional Police Service for the following offences:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Fraud under $5,000 (two counts)

Cipparone is described as:

  • White male
  • 6’1 tall, 300 pounds
  • Brown hair, brush cut
  • Brown/grey full beard and mustache
  • Hazel eyes and glasses
  • Tattoos
    • Right arm – tribal designs
    • Left foot – “Trust”
    • Right calf – tribal designs
    • Right foot – “Loyalty”
    • Upper back – “Cipparone”

Anyone with information pertaining to Cipparone's whereabouts or has information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable David Bozza at 905-688-4111, extension 1009352.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.

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