UPAC arrests Frank Zampino for fraud

UPAC arrests Frank Zampino for fraud

UPAC is accusing Frank Zampino and seven other men of defrauding the city of Montreal by rigging multiple city contracts between 2001 and 2009. The province’s anti-corruption unit arrested Zampino, Bernard Trepanier, Normand Brousseau, Robert Marcil, Dany Moreau, Kazimierz Olechnowicz, and Yves Theberge early Tuesday morning. Police are still searching for Bernard Poulin, a construction company executive. All eight men will be charged with fraud, conspiracy and corruption. Zampino, Trepanier and Marcil will also be charged…

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Police arrest duo in alleged East York roofing fraud

Police arrest duo in alleged East York roofing fraud

Toronto police have arrested a man and woman allegedly involved in an East York roofing fraud scam. Police were looking into several cases of homeowners being defrauded by two people posing as roofers. Since March, five separate cases have been reported. On Monday, police arrested 41-year-old Kevin Sampson and 35-year-old Aimee Jayne-Ann Cipolla. The duo faces a total of 26 charges, including fraud, theft, harassment, and failing to comply with probation. The investigation is ongoing…

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Toronto police searching for suspected roofing fraudsters

Toronto police searching for suspected roofing fraudsters

Toronto police say they’re looking into several cases of homeowners being defrauded by individuals posing as roofing experts. Since March, five cases of the alleged fraud have been reported to police. In two cases, police say the suspects knocked on the doors of homeowners and told them their roof needed repairs. They then took payment in advance, but in the end never actually fixed anything. Police say two other homeowners refused to pay the suspects…

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Burns Lake RCMP Warn of Possible Paving Scam

Burns Lake RCMP Warn of Possible Paving Scam

Burns Lake, BC residents are being warned of a possible scam that has cost local residents and businesses thousands of dollars. The RCMP say they’ve received reports of a fraudulent company, offering to pave driveways and parking lots. They say the customers are required to pay up front, and are then left with an unfinished project in which some prep work has taken place but no actual paving was done. Police are advising residents to…

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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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