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Frauds reported in the media – Week of August 1st

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Employee charged with fraud after approving unnecessary construction

By: CTV
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 3, 2016

Police have laid fraud charges against a man who previously worked as an employee with the Region of Halton after he allegedly approved unnecessary construction work for the region. The Halton Police Regional Fraud Unit says an investigation was launched in 2015 after an anonymous tip pertaining to the manager of Plant Capital and Engineering at the Region of Halton.

Confidential information

The man worked with the region for 16 years and that his position allowed him to approve maintenance and construction contracts for infrastructure projects in Halton. He provided confidential information to contractors he had personal relationships with “for his own personal gain.”

Read more at Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Read the full article at CTV News.

Too good to be true job offer email scam circulates online

By: Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 3, 2016

Finding a job is a struggle. Right now over 1,3 million Canadians (source) are sitting behind there computers scrolling down job finding-websites, or updating their resumes and stressing out for interviews. While the unemployment rates are decreasing, jobs are getting fewer. Especially the millennial generation, over 50% per cent, is having a hard time.

Prevent yourself from fraud and identity theft

The job seekers are easy victims to online scams. More fictitious jobs appear on job boards and more people get conned into parting for money or become victims of identity theft. This article provides tips on what not to do when approached by a recruiter and sums up all red flags in emails and texts that can give away a scam.

Read the full article at Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Nigerian man arrested in $60M email scam and online fraud

By: BBC
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 1, 2016

A Nigerian behind thousands of online scams around the world has been arrested in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt, Interpol alleges. The 40-year-old man, known only as “Mike” is alleged to head a network of 40 individuals behind global scams worth more than $60 million (CAD 78,650,000). Nigeria’s anti-fraud agency was also involved in the arrest.

Email and romance scams

His operations involves using targeted malware to take over systems, use compromised emails and romance scams. The network compromised email accounts of small to medium-sized businesses around the world including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.

Read more at Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Read the full article at BBC.

Unwritten customs of rural farm life leaves son empty-handed

By: Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 2, 2016

Jordan is a born farmer. Over thirty years he worked at his family’s farm near Nanton, Alberta. As is common in rural farming, he had an unwritten understanding with her that he would ultimately be given ownership of the farm. But when she asked him to sign a lease in 2013, contrary to the unwritten understanding, Jordan decided to leave the family farm. He then sued his mother for enforcement of the understanding or unjust enrichment.

Breaches of local codes

Local codes – or “the way we go about things” – at rural farms tend to be tacit and exclusive. Farmers’ narratives of conflict reveal that breaches of local codes cause resentment and feelings of powerlessness.

Read the full article at Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Employee abuse of health benefit insurance plan

By: Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: August 4, 2016

About a month ago the famous ‘largest fraud trial in Sudbury’s history’  came to an end with a guilty verdict (sentencing hearing on October 25). Paul Caron and Dirk Plate helped defraud Atlas Copco Canada of nearly $24 million. Caron was a Montreal insurance broker who managed Atlas Copco’s employee benefits and Plate was general manager at the company’s Sudbury office between 2001 and 2007 when the fraud scheme was in place.

Prevent fraudulent billing activity

Overbilling on health benefits commonly occurs in Canada. According to a report by the Canadian Health Care Anti-fraud association, fraudulent billing activity translates to between $1.2 and $6 Billion dollars on private health care plans each year. Fighting abuse or fraud in health benefit plans is not only beneficial for the employer, but also for the employee members of the plan. Abuse might increase plan costs and premiums, as well as pressures the plan design and risks causing coverage reductions/elimination through efforts to contain costs. Not to mention that defrauding the benefit plan is a criminal offense that can lead to losing your job and – with the Sudbury case in mind – it can even put you in prison.

Read the full article at Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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Norman Groot

About Norman Groot

Based on my police experience and my experience thereafter as a litigator, I have joined forces with other lawyers with police experience and created the law firm Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation.

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