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Frauds reported in the media – week of September 26th

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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 multimillion dollar scheme.

Former notary apologizes in court for $100-million-plus Ponzi scheme

She apologizes for her actions. Dressed in black and standing at a table directly before the bench, she read a brief statement, voice choking with emotion. “Your honour, there is no right way to do wrong. This thought haunts me day and night,” Samji said. “The clocks cannot be turned back. It might sound futile, but I am truly sorry for the loss, pain and grief endured by the investors.”

Read the full article at CBC News.
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Chair of Ottawa’s Chamber of Commerce named in U.S. money laundering investigation

By: Ottawa Citizen
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: September 27, 2016

The chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce is among 12 individuals named in a U.S. government investigation into “organized money laundering.” The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control report alleges that Marie Boivin, chair of the board and director for Accu-Rate Corporation, based in Canada, is among 12 individuals it believes serve as executives or directors with a payments organization and money processing business known as PacNet. The organization is the third-party payment processor of choice in a wide range of mail fraud schemes.

Read the full article at Ottawa Citizen.
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Edmonton couple charged with $500,000 fraud

By: CBC News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: September 26, 2016

An Edmonton couple has been charged with committing more than $500,000 in fraud.  The police economic crime section say the fraud happened between 2000 and 2006.  After a lengthy investigation, police say they believe a former employee of an Edmonton machinery company redirected advertising funds from the company to his personal accounts. The investigation was triggered by a complaint from the company.

Read the full article at CBC News.
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Law society moves to suspend the licence of Toronto lawyer

By: The National Post
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: September 26, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada is trying to suspend the licence of Andrew McKay, a lawyer who represented the Ontario Provincial Police union, while he fights criminal charges of fraud and money laundering. McKay’s charges stem from allegations he helped top officials with the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) misuse its members’ money; three top union officials at the time of the 2015 police probe also face charges.

Read the full article at The National Post.
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Suspended mortgage broker Dennis Khanna charged with fraud

By: CBC News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: September 29, 2016

Hamilton police have laid 19 criminal fraud-related charges against suspended mortgage broker Dinesh (Dennis) Khanna, in connection with cases where complainants say he bilked clients out of their money and homes. Khanna, 61, of Oakville is charged with 11 counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of giving a false statement, two counts of false documents and three counts of forging documents.

Arrested Wednesday morning, Khanna appeared in court Wednesday afternoon wearing a red jacket, a light-coloured collared shirt and khaki pants. Khanna was released on bail and is scheduled to appear next in court on October 25.

Read the full article at CBC News.
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Jacques Corriveau trial on charges related to adscam begins

By: CBC News
Edited by: Investigation Counsel
Date: September 26, 2016

A close friend of former prime minister Jean Chrétien will stand trial in Montreal today on charges he orchestrated a kickback scheme in the 1990s as part of the so-called sponsorship scandal. Jacques Corriveau, a one-time advertising executive and Liberal party organizer, was arrested in 2013. He is accused of fraud, counterfeiting documents and laundering the proceeds of crime.

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

Selected articles by Canadian Fraud News:

Locked-in pensions in the Fortress syndicated mortgage fraud

Canadians lose $1 million to advance fee loan fraud per year

Criminal sentencing principles in fraud cases: fine in lieu of forfeiture

Fraudulent furniture store has been scamming consumers for years

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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