New charges have been filed against a Canadian man accused of selling Connor McDavid jerseys with fake autographs after police say publicity surrounding the case led to more complaints from buyers.
In April of 2018, it was reported that 23-year-old Chandra Vinesh Singh contacted several people via Facebook claiming he was employed by either the Edmonton Oilers Entertainment Group or Pro Am Sports and was selling autographed McDavid jerseys. Investigators believe Singh successfully sold two of the jerseys with bogus autographs for $1,400.
Ten months later, police say Singh proposed an “investment opportunity” to an individual via Facebook, which again involved Oilers jerseys that Singh falsely claimed were signed by McDavid. Singh also allegedly used fraudulent documents to support his claims. The individual was allegedly defrauded $23,000.
At that time, Singh was charged with fraud possession of a forged document.
Police then held a news conference in July and the resulting publicity has led to five additional complaints against Singh. Investigators believe those buyers lost $12,570 as a result of the alleged scam.
Singh is now charged with multiple counts of fraud under $5000, false pretenses, using a forged document and forgery. He’s expected to appear in court on September 23.