The Windsor Police Service have arrested a man impersonating a doctor who offered a local family a cure for their child in exchange for $50,000, following a separate fraud investigation.
On February 19, Windsor Police were contacted by a furniture business which had delivered approximately $15,000 worth of furniture to a residence in Windsor. The payment for the furniture was found to be fraudulent.
Officers in the Financial Crimes Unit conducted an investigation, which resulted in a residence in East Windsor being searched under the authority of a warrant. The furniture was seized and returned to the owner, and the suspect was arrested and charged.
During the course of the investigation, officers learned that the accused had been allegedly representing himself to people in the city as a licensed medical doctor, with affiliations and practicing privileges with hospitals in the United States. The accused allegedly attempted to fraudulently obtain money in excess of $50,000 from a local family by offering a surgical procedure that could cure a disorder that their young child has had since birth.
Darko Jovanovich, 32, was arrested March 3, 2014 in relation to the latest allegations. He is currently charged with Fraud Over $5000, two counts of Theft Under $5000, two counts of Fraud Under $5000, Attempted Fraud over $5000, Assault, Uttering a Fraudulent Document, and Forging a Trademark.
Jovanovich is currently in police custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Investigators believe that the accused may have spoken with others in the community and may have offered medical assistance. Police are asking that anyone with additional information is asked to contact Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at www.catchcrooks.com, or submit a tip on Facebook.