Henry Birks & Sons, Montreal, have announced that an erroneous impression may have reached the trade that the man named Cremer, who has been presenting worthless checks in Montreal, had succeeded in obtaining a certain amount of stock from that concern. J. Birks, of the firm, announced that although the man purchased $10,000 worth of goods, they were not delivered, and consequently the firm lost nothing by the transaction.
What was called a romantic story of how a young German came into a fortune went the rounds of the Canadian newspapers, clubs and gossip in general for about a week, when it was discovered that the story was a fake, and the young German is now in jail a confessed imposter. He called himself First Lieutenant Karl Cremer, late of the German army, and pretended that he had come into a fortune of $460,000. As usual in such cases he got plenty of people to believe him, including many merchants. He purchased a fine house and exquisite furniture, all on the strength of the fortune which did not exist. Among those he attempted to impose upon were Henry Birks & Sons, from whom he ordered jewelry worth $10,000. He is now in jail and has confessed to Chief Detective Carpenter that his fortune was a dream.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 7th November 1906