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'Most Wanted' man gets 25 months jail, to pay $300,000 restitution

A 39-year-old Richmond man who defrauded his own mother has been sentenced to more than two years in prison, and ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution for his part in a fraud scheme that made him one of Canada's most wanted.

Apollo Alex Verde, who eluded police for many years, was arrested last April by the Durham Regional Police in Ontario.

He had several aliases including Jaspal Singh Virdi, and was wanted by the RCMP's commercial crime section for 32 counts of fraud or fraud-related offences, including 11 counts of fraud over $5,000,

Verde appeared in Richmond provincial court for his sentencing on Thursday, and was sentenced to 25 months and 14 days in prison for seven counts of fraud and one count of unauthorized use of a computer.

According to police, Verde committed extensive credit card fraud and obtained unauthorized credit card data from one of Canada's largest credit reporting agencies.

"The illegally obtained credit information allegedly allowed Verde to access bank accounts and also obtain high value credit cards. Many of these credit cards found their way to Las Vegas area casinos, where large cash advances were obtained," police said.

"He went so far as to steal the title to a property owned by his own mother, and then obtained a mortgage on the property, using those funds to finance a Ferrari."

Verde was also wanted on charges in Ontario, Alberta and the United States.

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