A former Craik administrator, Jeff Murray, allegedly used a town-issued Visa to spend over $8,000 on an online video game site, among other fraudulent purchases, according to Craik RCMP.
© William Stodalka/Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Former Craik administrator Jeff Murray allegedly spent just over $8,000 on the Kongregrate Inc website using a Royal Bank Visa issued to the Town of Craik, RCMP allege.
All together, RCMP accused him of just over $15,000 worth of fraudulent purchases.
Murray is currently facing 29 charges of fraud under $5,000 and one charge of fraud over $5,000, for defrauding the town.
When the charges were first announced last March, Craik police would not provide further details about Murray’s alleged fraud.
However, a sworn statement from a Craik RCMP officer made last March that was put into a Moose Jaw courthouse earlier this month provided further details of Murray’s alleged misspending.
Police allege that he made these fraudulent purchases using the Town of Craik’s Royal Bank Visa, from between October 2010 and April 2014.
The largest single item mentioned in the count is just over $8,200 in spending made between June 2013 and April 2014, at Kongregrate Inc.
The documents do not specify what Murray allegedly purchased from Kongregrate.
Kongregrate is an online gaming portal that people can play from their Internet browser. While it proclaims on its title that visitors can “play free games online,” it also allows for a subscription model, and for people to purchase Kreds, or virtual coins that can be spent on in-game purchases, with real money.
The amount of fraudulent purchases Murray is alleged to have made varied widely, and took place across Saskatchewan.
According to police, Murray’s first alleged fraudulent purchase was for $20.14 on Facebook, on April 10, 2010.
Afterwards, he allegedly made other fraudulent purchases with varying price points. Police allege that his lowest purchase was made on Facebook, for 41 cents in 2010. The second-highest purchase he allegedly made was a purchase of just over $1,466 at Regina TNT Gunworks.
Excluding the Kongregrate Inc purchases, the average purchase he allegedly made was worth $236.30.
These charges have yet to be proved in court, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
His first court date is set for June 1 in Moose Jaw Provincial Court.
Calls to the Town of Craik office asking for comment were not returned as of press time.
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