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Leesburg Police Department Investigates Fraud Case
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Leesburg Police Department Investigates Fraud Case

From Leesburg Police Department:


On January 24th 2012, the Leesburg Police Department received a complaint that the part owner of a local business may have been committing several frauds.   Patrol officers turned over a case to the Criminal Investigative Section regarding the “Madame et Monsieur” located at 201# F Royal St SE in Leesburg.  Detectives began investigating allegations that Richard Cruze, age 55, had falsified documents to show that he was a doctor and a highly decorated military veteran with the rank of Colonel. In the course of the investigation, detectives discovered the suspect had falsified documents to DMV and possibly to other state agencies  Enough evidence was uncovered  to charge Richard Cruze, AKA “Jake Cruze” with one count each of the following the following;

1.      18.2-502.1 - Advertise or use in a weight loss center or clinic’s name the word physician or doctor

2.      18.2-168 - Forge a public record

3.      18.2-168 – Utter or attempt to employ as true a forged record

4.      46.2-605 – Make false statement on an application for certificate of title issued by DMV.

Richard Cruze was arrested on February 2nd, 2012.  Cruze was taken before a magistrate and was held with no bond. As of February 7, 2012, Cruze remains in custody at the Loudoun County Detention Center.

Anyone who feels they are a victim of fraud due to the actions of Cruze or has information regarding Richard Cruze, AKA Jake Cruze, should contact Detective M. Hackney at 703-771-4515.   Those who wish to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Leesburg Police Crime Line @ 703-443 – TIPS (703-443-8477)

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