Reza Moeinian. (Coquitlam RCMP)

Lower Mainland man charged in ‘romance fraud’ case

Reza Moeinian, 37, charged for allegedly engineering romantic relationships to steal money.

  • Mar. 7, 2018 12:10 p.m.

A 37-year-old Maple Ridge man has been charged for allegedly engineering romantic relationships in order to steal substantial amounts of money.

Reza Moeinian is accused of dating his victims for months in order to develop a deep romantic bond, then convincing victims to sign up for credit cards and lines of credit, which are promptly drained, said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin.

Moeinian is accused of using a dating referral service or online dating to meet his victims. Typically, he uses a pseudonym and poses as a foreign businessman.

Police said Moeinian has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of theft over $5,000, and one count of causing someone to use a forged document.

He is currently in custody and will next appear in court on March 12, police said.

Moeinian is described as a Middle Eastern man with a medium complexion who can pass as Italian or European. He 5’8, 135 pounds with a slender build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

• Anybody who may have been a victim of romance fraud is encouraged to call their local police. If you were victimized in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam, call the RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550 and ask for Cst. Alex Bojic (file 2017-17634).

Just Posted

Langley Mounties celebrate civilian volunteers

RCMP officers applauded the volunteers who make their jobs easier.

Surrey Knights hockey team owners seek $250,000 for alleged discrimination

Claims have not been proven before BC Human Rights Tribunal

Stage 1 watering restrictions to kick in two weeks early

As of May 1, Metro Vancouver residents can only water lawns two days a week instead of three

Actor hits playhouse tonight, in honour of her sister

Langley’s Elyse Ritchie may be an administrator by day, but by night she loves being on stage.

Langley students awarded for historic knowledge

Several students were singled out for awards at a recent Heritage Fair.

Could facial scans and fingerprints make you unhackable?

New biometrics capabilities could be a game-changer for those trying to get on your accounts

Unions set for national strike against CP Rail

Locomotive engineers, conductors and signals specialists seeking new collective agreements.

B.C. woman known to hitchhike around province missing

Aislynn Hanson, 18, last seen April 13; known to travel throughout B.C. by hitchhiking

B.C. court relies on Facebook to track down missing defendant

A court in Princeton, B.C. relied on Facebook to track down a B.C. missing his court date

Cops corral pig on the loose

Police “put the grab” on pig before it can cross the highway on Vancouver Island

Accused in B.C. school stabbing found unfit to stand trial

Decision will put hold on upcoming trial for Gabriel Klein

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Updated: Cars lined up around the block as gas hits 109.9 in B.C. city

The gas wars continue in Vernon, B.C. with prices as low as $109.9 in North Okanagan

Trudeau ends 3-country tour with global reputation, alliances intact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds footing on the world stage after China and India controversies

Most Read