Fake Rifle Lands Man In Jail – Oil Field Training Scam Targets Two Local Men

Media Release

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Fake Rifle Lands Man In Jail

Kawartha Lakes Police officers responded quickly and arrested a man yesterday after receiving reports of a rifle being pointed at people in the downtown area.

At noon on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 police received a call from concerned citizens that there was a man on Kent Street West and Cambridge Street in the downtown area of Lindsay who was wielding a rifle and pointing it at people. Officers arrived on scene quickly and located the man who was carrying a plastic camouflage toy rifle. Officers were familiar with the man and determined that he was breaching a condition of a recently issued probation order.

33-year-old Jason Tarso of no fixed address was held in custody on the charge of Failing to Comply with a Probation Order. He will appear for a Bail Hearing at the Lindsay, Ontario Court of Justice on Friday, April 28th, 2017.


Oil Field Training Scam Targets Two Local Men

Two students from Fleming College fell prey to a scammer who claimed he was offering specialized training for those looking for work in the oil fields of western Canada.

On April 22nd, 2017 the two students attended at Lindsay area gravel pit to receive what they believed was going to be specialized training to help better position them for employment. The men had both anteed up $800.00 each for the training, but when they arrived at the pit, there was no one present. The men began to investigate and soon determined that there was no course and they had been taken for their money. They then reported the fraud to Kawartha Lakes Police.

The investigation is continuing as police are trying to locate the person responsible for the scam.