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Frauds reported in the media – Week of August 15th

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Canadian CEO loses bids to avoid extradition to U.S. on fraud charges

By: Metro News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 16, 2016

The CEO of a Canadian company alleged to have knowingly delivered shoddy armoured vehicles to the U.S. military has lost his bids to stave off extradition to face fraud charges south of the border, but his lawyer said Monday they will keep fighting.

Whyte: CEO of a Canadian company

William Whyte had challenged an order of committal issued by the judge presiding over his extradition hearing, as well as an order of surrender issued by the Minister of Justice of Canada cementing the court’s decision. The Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed both challenges last week but Whyte’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said they will be filing an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Read the full article at Metro News.
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Ex-lieutenant-governor Thibault and the Robin Hood-defence in fraud

By: Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 17, 2016

Can you justify fraud? Is there an excuse that can whitewash fraudulently taking money from victims? Today the 77-year-old Lise Thibault was released after six months of jail. She claimed more than $700,000 in inappropriate expenses during her tenure as lieutenant governor of Quebec. She also distributed some $1,5 million to help establish 31 resorts of para-apline skiing. Thibault, who is herself in a wheelchair, is a ‘Robin Hood’ for the disabled, according to her lawyer.

Fraud to right a social wrong and for the benefit of the community

People who say they committed fraud to right a social wrong and not for personal gain, use the so called the Robin Hood-defence. The heroic outlaw Robin Hood stole money from the rich to give to the poor. Defendants who use this tactic often believe their conduct was honest from liability for theft because they were doing it for the benefit of the community.

Read the full article at Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Six people in Charlottetown charged in alleged 50/50 draw fraud

By: CBC News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 15, 2016

Six people in Charlottetown have been charged with fraud in connection to a complaint regarding a charity 50/50 draw. The draw was the Community Cash 50/50, sponsored by the Holland College Hurricanes Football Club and Murphy’s Community Centre. They’re all charged with fraud over $5,000. Those charged include five men and one woman, all from the Charlottetown area. A statement on the Community Cash 50/50 Facebook page said an internal investigation showed there were as many as four fraudulent winners of the 50/50 draw in the first six months of 2016.

Read the full article at CBC News.
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Man accused of using dead relatives’ ID to collect government benefits

By: Sudbury News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 16, 2016

A Blind River man is being accused of collecting government benefits worth more than $420,000 in the names of deceased relatives. In a news release Monday, the East Algoma OPP said the investigation began in May.

Investigation by Ontario Provincial Police

“Members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit received information from OPP Anti-Rackets Branch and began an investigation involving two members of a family fraudulently receiving both federal and provincial benefits in the names of deceased family members over a period of 1992 – 2014,” the release said.

Read the full article at Sudbury.com.
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Grandparents accused of killing 5-year-old charged with welfare fraud

By: CBC News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 16, 2016

The Calgary grandparents accused of killing five-year-old Eneas Emilio Perdomo also face fraud charges related to accusations they lied to the Alberta government in order to collect social assistance. Allan Edgardo Perdomo Lopez, the boy’s grandfather and Carolina Del Carmen Perdomo, Emilio’s step-grandmother were charged with manslaughter last month after a year-long investigation into the child’s death.

Alberta Human Services

The couple also face two charges related to accusations they lied to Alberta Human Services between April 2015 and March 2016. Lawyers for the pair appeared in court on Monday, with the matter put over until August 30.

Read the full article at CBC News.
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Man posed as spiritual healer, defrauded clients with his wife

By: CP24
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 17, 2016

Police west of Toronto say a husband and wife duo has been charged with fraud after the man allegedly posed as a spiritual healer and accepted money for his services. She allegedly used her position as a case worker for Peel Region’s Ontario Works Assistance Program to introduce clients to her husband, the “spiritual healer”.

Police also allege the woman manipulated clients into applying for benefits that they didn’t apply for. They allege she would then take some of the money for herself. They say she also awarded her husband benefits for which he didn’t qualify. Investigators say 50-year-old Sandra Samaroo’s fraud totalled about $50,000. They say her husband, Mootilal Ramphal, 57, defrauded people of about $5,000.

Read the full article at CP24.
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Canadian penny stock ’kingpin’ gets 6 years for $140 million boiler room plot

By: Financial Post
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 18, 2016

A globe-trotting securities dealer who set up boiler rooms throughout the world in what gave rise to one of the U.S. government’s largest penny stock fraud investigations was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Dubious stocks at pumped-up values

Sandy Winick, a Canadian described as a “penny stock fraud kingpin,” was accused of masterminding two schemes that fleeced investors of US$140 million. First, he and associates allegedly peddled dubious stocks at pumped-up values. Then he victimized buyers again by selling them a promise to help recoup their losses in exchange for a fee, the U.S. claimed.

Read the full article at the Financial Post.
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