Duo sought by Calgary police in connection with several frauds

Duo sought by Calgary police in connection with several frauds

Calgary police are working to find a woman and man in connection with 66 outstanding warrants in relation to a number of fraud-related cases. Stephanie Nicole Paul is wanted on 38 outstanding warrants in regard to fraud-related offences along with failing to comply and failing to attend court. Paul is 29-years-old. Michael Richard Currie, 34, is wanted on 28 outstanding warrants in regards to fraud-related offences, along with failing to comply and failing to attend…

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Hangfeng Zhang charged with airline ticket fraud

Hangfeng Zhang charged with airline ticket fraud

Toronto police have arrested Hangfeng Zhang in connection with an ongoing investigation into an online airline ticket scam. Police say that between June 2017 and August 2017, several people purchased tickets through an online agent with Interac e-transfers ranging from $400 to $3,000. While the victims were able to confirm their bookings on their airlines’ websites after making the purchase, police allege those bookings would later be cancelled because they were booked with a compromised credit…

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Defendant in MUHC fraud trial wants charges tossed

Defendant in MUHC fraud trial wants charges tossed

One of the defendants in the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) fraud trial is seeking to have the charges against him thrown out based on the Jordan ruling. Yohann Elbaz, once of the five defendants in the case, is facing several charges, including fraud and money laundering. The Crown alleges top executives from SNC-Lavalin paid a $22.5-million bribe to MUHC senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the McGill University Health Centre’s Glenn superhospital. Yohann…

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Former Olympic rower Harold Backer pleads not guilty to fraud charges

Former Olympic rower Harold Backer pleads not guilty to fraud charges

Harold Backer, an investment dealer and former Olympic rower, who went missing for nearly 18 months, has pleaded not guilty to two fraud charges. Backer was not in British Columbia provincial court during a hearing Wednesday in Victoria, but his lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his behalf. He has elected to be tried by judge alone in a trial that’s expected to last up to two weeks. Backer was charged with two counts…

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Fort McMurray woman pleads guilty to immigration fraud

Fort McMurray woman pleads guilty to immigration fraud

A Fort McMurray, Alta. woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to immigration fraud and acting as an authorized immigration consultant. Charie Santos pleaded guilty under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to representing people applying for status in Canada. The 44-year-old faces a fine of up to $100,000 and not more than two years in prison. According to a statement made by the Canadian Border Services Agency in January, the charges Santos pleaded guilty to involve…

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Craig Archibald Ayers’ fraud case adjourned

Craig Archibald Ayers’ fraud case adjourned

St. Albert, Alta. man Craig Archibald Ayers’ trial date has been adjourned and set to a later date after Ayers chose to dismiss his current lawyer. Ayers was set to go to trial on Monday morning for multiple fraud under $5,000 charges. However, instead of facing a court, he instead applied to remove his lawyer as his counsel due to lack of experience. Ayers’ charges stem from him allegedly writing bad cheques. He is also charged…

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Former Peterborough MP released from jail pending election fraud appeal

Former Peterborough MP released from jail pending election fraud appeal

Former Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has been released from jail pending an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada for his conviction on election fraud. Del Mastro’s lawyer said the former Conservative MP was released last week after applying to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal. On his official Facebook page, Del Mastro expressed his disappointment with the Ontario Court of Appeal and said the court failed to take into account…

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Disbarred Winnipeg lawyer David Bradley faces criminal charges

Disbarred Winnipeg lawyer David Bradley faces criminal charges

David Bradley, a former Winnipeg lawyer, is facing criminal charges after allegedly misappropriating clients’ funds. Bradley is facing eight counts in total; including attempting to obstruct justice, fraud and theft. Court records show the alleged offences occurred over the course of a decade, between January 2006 and July 2016. The former lawyer was disbarred by the Law Society of Manitoba in February 2016. The hearing was told Bradley lied to clients and misappropriated funds. He…

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Employee at Oshawa group home for developmentally-disabled charged with fraud

Employee at Oshawa group home for developmentally-disabled charged with fraud

Durham Region Police have laid charges relating to allegations of misappropriation of client funds at an Oshawa group home for the developmentally-disabled. The charges arise from allegations of misuse of gift cards by a staff member at Christian Horizons. Kaitlin Trudeau, of Belleville, Ont., has been charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000, and possession of stolen property. She has not worked in the home since the spring. “Christian Horizons continues to take this…

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Alleged Okanagan hockey fraudster takes the stand

Alleged Okanagan hockey fraudster takes the stand

An Okanagan man standing trial over a Penticton, BC fraud case told the court he expected to personally gain over $70,000 from a failed hockey trip to Europe. Michael Elphicke, one of two men charged with fraud and theft over $5,000 and managing an unauthorized lottery scheme, took the stand for the first time since the start of his trial. The 51-year-old told the court he first met co-accused Loren Reagan in February or March…

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