Rajeev Sawhney arrested in ongoing fraud investigation

Rajeev Sawhney arrested in ongoing fraud investigation

Toronto police allege that between 2013 and 2016 Rajeev Sawhney presented himself as an experienced home builder who was able to demolish houses and build new homes. The 41-year-old convinced a number of people to purchase homes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on the promise of demolishing the existing houses and splitting the profits from the sales of the new houses he would build. Prior to the project start date, Sawhney demanded that the investors…

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Niagara Falls woman defrauded by Facebook friend

Niagara Falls woman defrauded by Facebook friend

A Niagara Falls, Ont. woman has been defrauded $4,000 by a Facebook friend after he offered to do a kitchen renovation but then failed to follow through. Roberto Venditti pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of fraud under $5,000. Venditti contacted the victim via Facebook when she asked her friends on the social media site to recommend someone to renovate her kitchen. Venditti took the woman to a cabinet shop in Niagara Falls where she…

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Ottawa police issue warning about paving scam

Ottawa police issue warning about paving scam

Ottawa police are warning residents against rushing into deals with paving contractors after receiving several complaints from people who “hired” contractors to do work but did not sign any paperwork. When the work was completed, residents reported that the contractors pressured them to pay a higher rate. The organized fraud unit of the police department says any contractor work should come with a hard-copy contract. “Take the time to reflect on the deal before agreeing,”…

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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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