Toronto police arrest Thornhill man for alleged online dating fraud


A 49-year-old Thornhill man has been arrested and charged with fraud.

Using the alias Shaun Rothberg, the suspect is alleged to have used the services of the online dating site eHarmony to locate and defraud his victims.

After entering intimate relationships with his victims, Toronto police say he convinced them to trust him with funds that he was to invest for their mutual benefit.

The funds were never invested. Police allege it was a ruse to defraud his victims and the money was instead used to fund his lifestyle.

Toronto Police arrested Shaun Rootenberg on June 6 at 8:15 a.m. He was charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000, four counts of possession of proceeds of crime and four counts of laundering proceeds of crime.

Rootenberg was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on June 7 at 10 a.m.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Paul Mackrell at 416-808-7813 or via email at



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