Windsor RCMP requesting public’s help in finding man accused of fraud

Published on January 5, 2016

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Stephen Wade Tracey.

WINDSOR — Nova Scotia RCMP officers are turning to the public in hopes of locating 29-year-old Stephen Wade Tracey.

A province-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Tracey and involves charges of fraud, forgery, break and enter, and possession of stolen property. 

Tracey is alleged to have been involved in crimes involving identity theft and cheque fraud, often with a female accomplice.  A common scheme would be to open a bank account under a stolen identity then use that account to fraudulently purchase items from buy and sell websites. 

A woman was arrested on Dec. 19, 2015, near Prince of Wales, N.B., and remains in police custody at the New Brunswick Women’s Correctional Centre.

Tracey is described as being white, six-foot-one, approximately 250 to 270 pounds, with tattoos covering his hands, and has been known to travel throughout Nova Scotia and Alberta.

“(Tracey) is transient in nature,” said Const. Mark Skinner, with the Nova Scotia RCMP.

Skinner said Tracey could still be in or around the Windsor area as that is where his latest charges stem from.

“For the last month and a half he’s been in the Windsor area,” Skinner said. “They issued a warrant on New Year’s Eve for him. Fraudulent activity occurred in that area. We know there are victims from across Nova Scotia.”

He said Tracey is being investigated for renting a location where the furniture is included and then selling that furniture.

“There are numerous charges and arrest warrants (for Tracey) in Alberta and British Columbia for similar charges,” he said. “There’s a pattern of behaviour.”

Skinner alleged Tracey and the woman in custody would steal a person’s identity, open a bank account in their names, get new cheques made and use those to make fraudulent purchases.

Skinner said it’s difficult to say the total value of the stolen property, as the investigation is ongoing.

If you believe you are a victim or you know the whereabouts of Tracey, contact your local police detachment or the Windsor District RCMP at 902-798-2207.

Citizens can also contact the Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).