Hamilton officer faces more charges in connection with 2012 investigation

Hamilton officer faces more charges in connection with 2012 investigation

A Hamilton, Ont. police officer is facing a slew of charges, including fraud and drug trafficking, in connection with a 2012 criminal investigation. Const. Craig Ruthowsky had previously been a member of the Hamilton police guns and gangs squad. He has been suspended without pay since 2012. Police say the new charges relate to offences that allegedly occurred between 2009 and 2012 in Hamilton. On Tuesday, Ruthowsky was charged with: Bribery Two counts of breach of…

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Mastermind in Iowa lotto fraud faces 25 years in prison

Mastermind in Iowa lotto fraud faces 25 years in prison

A former lottery computer programmer who pleaded guilty in Iowa to running a criminal scheme that allowed him to collect $2 million in lottery winnings in four states is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. A state prosecutor is seeking a 25-year prison term for former Multi-State Lottery Association security director Eddie Tipton. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand says in court documents that Tipton’s “depth of deceit is dumbfounding.” He says justice requires a lengthy…

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Fort Erie travel agent charged with operating without registration

Fort Erie travel agent charged with operating without registration

Karen Robinson, also known as Karen Gushue, from Fort Erie, Ont., was charged with two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002. In February 2017, Niagara Region police began an intensive investigation after receiving complaints of cruises that were being offered by a Ridgeway, Ont. woman. Over 140 complaints alleged that Robinson (Gushue) solicited funds between August 2016 and February 2017 for cruises that were either…

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Ex-lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault free and clear as parole conditions lifted

Ex-lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault free and clear as parole conditions lifted

Quebec’s former lieutenant-governor, Lise Thibault, who pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust charges in 2015, is now a free woman after serving six months in jail and then another year of conditional parole. The 78-year-old was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay $300,000 to taxpayers after she pleaded guilty. The charged related to expenses she claimed while in office. Allegations of misspending first came to light at the end of her term…

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Surrey chiropractor ordered to pay nearly $20,000 for fraud against ICBC

Surrey chiropractor ordered to pay nearly $20,000 for fraud against ICBC

A Surrey, BC chiropractor has been ordered to pay nearly $20,000 after committing fraud against the ICBC. Dr. Maninder Singh Badyal, the owner of the Absolute Health and Wellness Clinic, was convicted earlier this year after billing the insurance provider for treatments that were never performed. The ICBC’s Special Investigations Unit says one person complained about being billed for several visits when they only visited the chiropractor once. “[That] led to the court case and 11…

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Edmonton police recover more than $7M worth of stolen vehicles from “chop shop”

Edmonton police recover more than $7M worth of stolen vehicles from “chop shop”

Edmonton police have laid additional charges in a “chop shop” investigation which led to the recovery of more than $7 million worth of stolen vehicles. The investigation began when police pulled over a stolen truck towing a flat-deck trailer with an unauthorized licence plate. Officers searched Car Masters Collision Ltd. in northeast Edmonton and found a stolen 2013 Dodge Ram truck that was being dismantled. It had an estimated value of $80,000. On June 7, after searching just…

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Plea date set for Sydney man Hugh David Smith

Plea date set for Sydney man Hugh David Smith

A plea date has been set for Hugh David Smith, a Sydney, N.S. man who has been arrested on multiple fraud-related charges. Smith is charged with perjury in making a false statement under the Warehousemen’s Lien Act, defrauding an individual of a 2010 Volkswagen and theft over $5,000. It is alleged that the 46-year-old committed the offences in June. Read more at Cape Breton Post This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc. Kayla Kuefler Kayla Kuefler…

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Jail time for Rhonda McCarthy in condo fraud

Jail time for Rhonda McCarthy in condo fraud

Rhonda McCarthy, a Springwater, Ont. woman who was charged with defrauding multiple condominiums was sentenced earlier this week to more than four years in prison. The 42-year-old was charged with misappropriating close to $1 million while working as bookkeeper and chief administrator at a property-management company. McCarthy pleaded guilty to 18 counts of fraud in total. For 16 of the fraud charges, she was sentenced to 30 months in jail for each count, to be served…

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Two of three Medicine Hat pharmacists charged with fraud, theft have trial date set

Two of three Medicine Hat pharmacists charged with fraud, theft have trial date set

A multi-day trial will run in the new year for two of three Medicine Hat, Alta. pharmacists facing charges of fraud and theft. A trial date has been set for Kathryn Keiser and Evan King for late January, 2018, now that not guilty pleas have been entered. A trial for the third pharmacist, Robert Stadnyk, has been set for September 5. All three individuals are facing fraud charges over $5,000 and theft over $5,000, stemming from…

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Drumheller woman facing fraud charges makes first court appearance

Drumheller woman facing fraud charges makes first court appearance

A Drumheller, Alta. woman who is facing 16 fraud-related charges will return to court to plead her case on September 15. Rebecca Tucker is accused of stealing more than $40,000 from victims accounts at a Drumheller ATB branch between November 2015 and November 2016. The 36-year-old was an employee at the treasury branch during this period. She is facing 16 charges of fraud and 13 counts of drawing documents without authority. Read more at Drumheller…

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