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39 charges laid against serial fraudster who targeted seniors




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Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy



BC Prosecution Service has approved 39 charges against Donald Robert Quinnell in a series of thefts and frauds targeting seniors across the Lower Mainland in August and September of 2019

Mr. Quinnell was arrested by Vancouver Police Department on September 12, 2019, on an unrelated Canada-wide warrant, and has been held in custody since then. Nine of the new charges alleged against him are for wallet and credit card thefts, and the remaining 30 charges stem from allegations of frauds committed using those stolen credit cards.

"North Vancouver RCMP had issued public alerts about Mr. Quinnell in September of 2019, both in an effort to further the police investigation, and as a warning to the public, in particular for seniors," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "We worked in partnership with West Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, and other agencies across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to capture Mr. Quinnell, and to protect seniors in our communities."

"This is a great example of good communication, teamwork, and collaborative policing between agencies," said Cst. Goodmurphy of the West Vancouver Police Department. "Serial criminals don’t care about jurisdiction boundaries. For this very reason, we work closely with police services throughout the Lower Mainland."

Mr. Quinnell made his first appearance in North Vancouver Provincial court on January 14, where he was remanded until his next appearance.