Construction fraud can be hard to nail down

Construction fraud can be hard to nail down

Within Canada’s construction industry, the median loss to fraud is $259,000 of annual revenues, almost 70 per cent more than the $154,000 that Canadian companies in other sectors lose each year, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The frauds include stealing property, expense account abuse and kickback schemes. Online scams such as ransomware are also appearing with greater regularity. “There’s a lot of corruption in the construction industry,” said Rosanne Walters, a partner…

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Antonino Catania pleads guilty to bribing former City of Montreal site supervisor

Antonino Catania pleads guilty to bribing former City of Montreal site supervisor

Four years after he was arrested, Antonino Catania has pleaded guilty to charges connected to bribing a former construction site supervisor for the City of Montreal. Catania, who ran the construction company Catcan Entreprises with his son Paolo, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of fraud amounting to more than $5,000, fraud upon the government and breach of trust. Paolo Catania has also pleaded guilty to fraud charges on behalf of the company. The charges are…

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MUHC fraud trial might be in jeopardy before it starts

MUHC fraud trial might be in jeopardy before it starts

Crown prosecutors assigned to the fraud trial of former executives of SNC-Lavalin and the McGill University Health Centre are bracing for the possibility that defence lawyers will petition the court to toss out the case because it has dragged on for more than four years. At a pre-trial conference scheduled for Friday, defence lawyers are expected to invoke the Jordan ruling by the Supreme Court last year, which set strict limits on the wait times…

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Flood victims urged to be vigilant

Flood victims urged to be vigilant

Homeowners hoping to repair the water damage left behind from weeks of flooding are being warned to do their due diligence as potentially fraudulent contractors begin to go door-to-door in the hardest-hit areas in Quebec. Over 4,000 residences across the province have been damaged by flood waters, according to the latest estimates. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre called for flood victims in affected boroughs to proceeds with caution. “There have not been any cases of fraud…

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Fear of collusion behind city staff reluctance to release bidder info

Fear of collusion behind city staff reluctance to release bidder info

Managers at city hall are urging Saint John councillors to stand firm against attempts by the construction industry to change the way city contracts are tendered. The Construction Association of New Brunswick is lobbying councillors to make public the list of companies the pick up the tender documents they need to bid on paving, water and sewer work and other projects. “Staff is of the firm belief that by providing more transparency around who is…

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Alberta moves to license home builders

Alberta moves to license home builders

The Alberta government wants to license home builders and publish information about their track records online in a move to protect consumers from shoddy work and untrustworthy companies. The New Home Buyer Protection Amendment Act, Bill 12, was introduced into legislature Thursday. The bill proposes an end to a system where anyone can be a home builder, regardless of their related experience. There is currently no legislation in the province to stop bad builders from…

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Mississauga man claimed he was defrauded $10K after window repair never happened

Mississauga man claimed he was defrauded $10K after window repair never happened

A Mississauga man is speaking out after a supposed routine home repair turned into a year-long financial nightmare. Afftab Pervaiz says he gave thousands of dollars to a private contractor, Terry Surette, to switch out his windows. The process wasn’t supposed to take more than two months, but the repairs never happened. Pervaiz paid Surette $10,000 up front after Surette told him it was common in the contracting business to pay for supplies in advance of…

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Audit uncovers possible ‘bid-rigging’ in city paving contracts

Audit uncovers possible ‘bid-rigging’ in city paving contracts

City staff have contacted Toronto police after an audit found several “red flags” about potential bid-rigging involving certain outside paving contractors, which could be costing the city millions every year. Inflated prices by one contractor cost the city an additional $2.5 million in contract costs over five years, according to the Auditor General’s Office. That same contractor “dominated” one district by winning 92 per cent of the contracts it bid. Read more at CBC News This article is summarized by…

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Snow removal contractor charged with fraud after failing to do work

Snow removal contractor charged with fraud after failing to do work

An Ottawa man faces three charges after he allegedly secured more than 10 snow removal contracts with people across the city and then failed to carry out the work. Failed to carry out the work Ottawa police say the owner of Boxer Snow Removal got the contracts for this winter primarily by advertising on Kijiji, using an alias, fake phone numbers and emails that expired. The man has been charged with fraud under $5,000, as well as possessing…

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Bowman calls for public inquiry after allegations of fraud, payoffs around police headquarters project

Bowman calls for public inquiry after allegations of fraud, payoffs around police headquarters project

Mayor Brian Bowman didn’t mince words on Thursday over explosive new allegations of fraud and a $200,000 payoff to the city’s former top bureaucrat in the police headquarters deal. At a city hall press conference, Bowman announced he plans to formally ask the province for a public inquiry into the matter. Paid $200,000 by Caspian Construction Earlier that day, CBC News reported the RCMP alleged former CAO Phil Sheegl was paid $200,000 by Caspian Construction for helping them land…

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