Shoes store owner says fake Facebook account may be behind store closure article A shopper who used a fake Facebook page to sell shoes in the past has been sentenced to probation.
The Crown prosecutor in Regina said the 29-year-old man who had been working as a shoemaker in the city of Fort Saskatchewan for six years sold at least six pairs of shoes online, but only one of them was genuine.
Police say the man, who was living in the region, was known to the public and he posted photos of himself and other members of his family on Facebook.
They also say he was selling a variety of shoes from other regions.
Investigators say the shopper, who did not identify himself in court, sold at most a few pairs of footwear per day, and he usually sold them on his own.
He told investigators he used the online platform to advertise his wares.
But police say the fake Facebook pages were the result of a criminal scheme and he had no intention of doing anything illegal.
It’s the second time in less than a year that a local shoemaker has been charged with fraud and shoplifting.
In March, a shoemaking shop owner in Saskatchewan was sentenced to six months in jail after he was found guilty of fraudulently collecting $9,000 from an elderly woman.