A Toronto man is facing 378 charges in connection with a false charity that has defrauded hundreds of victims since 2004.

Toronto police say officers observed the man going door-to-door in the upscale Rosedale community on Monday, collecting money for a charity he called "Violence Against Kids."

Detectives learned no such charity exists. Police also say hundreds of victims have been duped into giving money for the false cause since September 2004.

On Tuesday, police arrested and charged 40-year-old George Grdich.

He is charged with:

  • 151 counts of fraud under $5,000;
  • 151 counts of false pretences; and
  • 76 counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

Grdich appeared at the College Parks courts on Wednesday.

Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to call 416-808-5306 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be left online at www.222tips.com.