A Quebec man accused of fraud and wanted by the RCMP since 2016, and his partner were murdered Monday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
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Local authorities have told Mexican media that Raphaël Huppé, 44, and his partner Fannie Lorrain were found dead in a condominium in the city center of the seaside resort near Cancún.
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Raphaël Huppé when he was on the cover of his book How I Get Things Done! : No matter what.
Both had what appeared to be neck wounds inflicted with a knife, Quintana Roo prosecutors said. A caretaker at her home was also injured.
At the apartment where the bodies were found, investigators got their hands on papers on which Mr Huppé presented three different identities, including “Erick McCarthy”.
Quintana Roo Attorney General Óscar Montes de Oca explained this Diary of Yucatan that sophisticated computer equipment was found in the apartment. This could have been used to perpetrate fraudulent cryptocurrency-related deals.
“The material will be analyzed by experts to determine whether it is a case of revenge or simply theft,” he added.
In 2014, the man, then living in Laval, faced 15 counts of fraud, including influence in the public market, false prospectuses, use, possession or dealing in a forged document and perjury.
The man, who had previously made himself known as the inventor of an alleged driver drowsiness warning system, had also been in the sights of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers since 2010.
An arrest warrant was issued for him in 2016 after he failed to appear in court. He has since been wanted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has resided in Mexico.
According to a book he published in 2015, he saw himself primarily as a troublemaker and philanthropist.
Resorts on Mexico’s Caribbean coast have been rocked by violence in recent months, some involving foreigners.
Last January, two Ontario residents were killed and another wounded in a shooting at a resort near Cancun.
At least 24 Canadians were killed in Mexico from 2016 to 2020, according to data compiled and obtained by Global Affairs Canada The newspapermaking it the most dangerous country for Canadians.
– With AFP