Man facing fraud charges arrested again

Police say he posed as a naval officer

Douglas Archie Clark

Douglas Archie Clark

A 64-year-old man who police say has bilked more than 40 people for more than a million dollars is back in police custody after he failed to make a court appearance.

Douglas Archie Clark was arrested Thursday a few hours after a warrant was issued.

The Burnaby resident had a scheduled court appearance in Port Coquitlam that morning but missed it, prompting a judge to issue a bench warrant.

Clark faces 13 counts of fraud and had been released in June on $10,000 bail.

Police allege Clark portrayed himself as a member of the Canadian military, often indicating he was either currently employed or retired from the navy. Police say he told victims he had an illness but did not have the funds to treat it and that he sometimes wore a military uniform as part of the ruse.

Ridge Meadows RCMP’s serious crime unit began investigating Clark three and a half years ago and say he has defrauded more than 40 people. Some complaints date back to the 1990s.

Police now believe he has defrauded people for more than a million dollars.

Clark has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on Monday.