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Former NHL Prospect arrested for fraud

A second NHL player has been arrested this week, this time its allegedly for fraud involving Millions of Dollars.

Former Canucks draft pick Prab Rai was arrested on Tuesday, Rob Williams of DailyHive reports.

The 34-year-old ex-pro Hockey player has been arrested on fraud charges, allegedly involving millions of Dollars, following an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Financial Crimes Unit.

The Investigation began nearly three years ago, on January 14, 2021.

“The Surrey FCU began an investigation into a fraud spanning from 2015 to 2021 after a victim came forward to police, alleging they had lost several million dollars in real estate investment opportunities,” Surrey RCMP said in a media release.

The Police determined Rai had committed "Large-Scale Financial Frauds" between October 9, 2015 and July 20, 2018. The former Canuck has since been released on conditions as he awaits his next court appearance.

Rai also faced allegations of defrauding a realtor of more than $2.8 Million dollars in a civil lawsuit.

The realtor reportedly claimed that Rai positioned himself as a “successful and wealthy business person” with “important connections with prominent local and international business people and retired hockey players.”

Rai, from Surrey, was selected in the fifth round (131st overall) in the 2008 NHL draft. He showed promise as he led the Seattle Thunderbirds in scoring during his final WHL season with 69 points in 67 games.

The Canucks signed him to an entry level contract on March 24, 2010.

Months after signing with the team, Rai suffered a gruesome back injury that set him back from a successful NHL career.

This story was originally posted on DailyHive