Monday, April 30, 2001
Vancouver -- As American television networks clamour to tell his story, international fugitive Christophe Rocancourt is to appear in provincial court here today on at least one count of fraud over $5,000. Police say more charges may be laid, as they continue their investigation into an alleged real-estate-fraud scheme by Mr. Rocancourt during his recent stay in Whistler, B.C. Masquerading as a jet-setter under a string of aliases, including Christopher Rockefeller, Mr. Rocancourt, the 33-year-old son of a poor French house painter, faces accusations of swindling wealthy residents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the United States. RCMP Corporal Grant Learned said he has had calls about Mr. Rocancourt from prominent U.S. media, including the major TV networks.