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Frauds reported in the media – Week of October 17th

Victims of text message scam plead for more protection from their banks By: CBC News Edited by: Investigation Counsel Date: October 17, 2016 Instead of bringing in some extra money to help pay bills, Kristen Isabel and her husband are scrambling to repay their credit union after being scammed out of nearly $3,000. Like many Canadians, Isabel responded to a text offering her money to carry a company ad on her car. Cheque overpayment scam Isabel is …Read More

Frauds reported in the media – Week of October 10th

CEO Haines, facing fraud, announces shutdown Addiction Canada By: CBC News Edited by: Investigation Counsel Date: October 11, 2016 A chain of private addiction treatment centres in Ontario and Alberta is closing under the shadow of hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wage claims, and criminal charges against the company’s owner.  John Haines, also CEO of Addiction Canada Inc., faces five charges, including two counts of fraud worth millions of dollars, drug possession and drug trafficking. OPP …Read More

Frauds reported in the media – Week of October 3rd

Former Concrete Equities exec pleads guilty in $20M-plus fraud By: CBC News Edited by: Investigation Counsel Date: October 1, 2016 A former Concrete Equities executive charged with fraud and theft after bilking 1,200 investors out of more than $20 million has pleaded guilty to his role in the scam but will not likely spend any time behind bars. Varun Aurora, 33, pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud over $5,000 on Friday …Read More

Frauds reported in the media – week of September 26th

Ponzi schemer Rashida Samji sentenced to 6 years in prison By: CBC News Edited by: Investigation Counsel Date: September 5, 2016 Rashida Samji was found guilty of fraud on counts relating to 14 of the 284 named investors and companies who were led to believe their money was being invested in a winery’s planned expansion to South Africa and South America. Judge calls it “frankly startling” that Samji took advantage of family and close friends to perpetuate …Read More

Frauds reported in the media – week of September 5th

Massive unreported security breach, $2 million alleged fraud at NorQuest College By: CBC News Edited by: Investigation Counsel Date: September 5, 2016 Court documents allege IT manager conducted “harassment” campaign after firing. After NorQuest College fired Clarence Orleski, its technology infrastructure manager, in December 2012, an investigation uncovered what the college alleged were two separate fraud schemes that cost the college nearly $2 million in damages. Sexually graphic emails Shortly after the …Read More