Investigation CounseL mEDIA COVERAGE

Crown decided prosecuting a fraud charge for $600K phishing scheme wasn’t in public interest

Crown lawyers withdrew a fraud charge against a Toronto man who had been found liable for fraud in civil court for misappropriating more than $600,000 in an email phishing scheme because they determined the prosecution wasn’t in the public interest, CBC Toronto has learned.  Read More

‘Crypto King’ associate wipes iPhone, hands over $1M in bank drafts payable to Aiden Pleterski:

An associate of Whitby, Ont., self-described “Crypto King,” Aiden Pleterski, handed over more than $1 million in bank drafts payable to Pleterski last month in response to a civil search warrant. Read the full story on cbc.ca

Luxury cars seized from 23-year-old ‘Crypto King’ as investors try to recoup millions

Two McLarens, two BMWs and a Lamborghini make up just a few of the $2 million worth of assets seized from a 23-year-old from Whitby, Ont., as his investors try to recoup millions of dollars they handed over to the self-described “Crypto King.”

But so far, Aiden Pleterski’s assets fall far short of what his investors claim they’re owed. Read the full story on cbc.ca.

Court extends rare order to freeze up to $20M in crypto, cash donations to ‘Freedom Convoy’

An Ontario Superior Court judge has extended a rare injunction that has frozen millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies and other financial donations to the so-called Freedom Convoy.

The Mareva injunction was issued on Feb. 17 by Justice Calum MacLeod. Law firm Lenczner Slaght brought this motion forward, acting for Champ & Associates, the law firm representing Ottawa residents in a proposed class-action lawsuit against convoy leaders and protesters. Read the full story at cbc.ca.

 

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Norman J. Groot,  Mike Bremner and the Zoomer panel discuss how scams that are perpetrated by a family member can be more hurtful than a stranger. Mike Bremner shares how his mother was defrauded of her life savings by her own daughter. 

Norman J. Groot and the Zoomer panel provides their advice on how to protect yourself from the increase of fraudulent phone calls,  phishing emails and text messages that we get each day.

One of the newest schemes on the rise in Canada is Mortgage Fraud. Norman J. Groot and the panel discusses what you can do to project your biggest asset, including making sure you have Title Insurance.

Norman J. Groot and the panel discuss the grandparent scam has been around for years because it works. It works because it triggers our emotions. The grandparent scam has changed in the digital age. There’s an app that helps the scammers. The panel tells you what you need to do to protect yourself, your family and your hard earned money.

With the rise of technology and the digital age, the internet is the perfect ground for fraud. Knowledgeable investors will often think they are immune to falling for a scam. However cybercriminals prey on this and there is an increase of sophisticated investors losing their money.  Norman J. Groot and the panel discusses what you need to know when doing online investments.

With the rise of phishing, crypto and confidence scams on the rise.  Norman J. Groot and the panel discuss the best ways to prevent becoming a victim of fraud.

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