'Nephew Bandit,' accused of defrauding seniors, arrested in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER - An accused fraudster who was once featured on "America's Most Wanted" over allegations he travelled the country defrauding seniors has been arrested in Vancouver.

Sgt. Randy Fincham of Vancouver police says 57-year old Richard Earl Rupert, who has been dubbed the "Nephew Bandit," was arrested Wednesday at a local hospital, where he has been receiving medical treatment using a false name.

Fincham says Rupert is accused of a scam in which elderly people would be contacted by someone claiming to be a distant relative, who would then convince them to hand over large amounts of money.

Police agencies across the country have been searching for Rupert for the past five years, and Fincham credits a hospital staff member who recognized Rupert from a mug shot.

Rupert is wanted on 18 warrants in three provinces related to charges of fraud, robbery, and break-and-enter.

He is currently in custody.

Geographic location: Vancouver, America

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