Creator of Master Keys to Success unsuccessful in fraud appeal

Creator of Master Keys to Success unsuccessful in fraud appeal

Despite insisting he’s a “humanitarian” and not a criminal, the creator of Master Keys to Success lost an appeal of his convictions for fraud and money laundering. “I can’t see a thing I would have done different,” Steven Vincent Weeres told the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal during arguments on Friday. He later added his only intention was to help people — but his plans for a computer training program have instead cost him years behind…

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‘It was torture’: Edmonton woman scammed out of $15K by fake RCMP officer

‘It was torture’: Edmonton woman scammed out of $15K by fake RCMP officer

An Edmonton woman is warning others about an elaborate telephone scam after she was swindled out of more than $15,000 in bogus bail money and legal fees by someone claiming to be an RCMP officer. Maryam Raza said she was tricked into believing her husband was under arrest for not reporting his identity had been stolen. The caller who claimed to be an RCMP officer instructed her to transfer money through Bitcoin ATMs. Raza was warned that…

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CRA conducts simultaneous Panama Papers raids in the GTA, Calgary and Vancouver

CRA conducts simultaneous Panama Papers raids in the GTA, Calgary and Vancouver

Nearly two years after the Panama Papers leak was made public, Canadian tax officials have carried out their first major raids, executing three search warrants across the country. The simultaneous raids Wednesday morning in West Vancouver, Calgary and the GTA were all related to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, whose internal files were leaked to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared with journalists around the world, including the Toronto Star and CBC/Radio-Canada. In…

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Five Torontonians lose $5.1 million in new phone-based scam

Five Torontonians lose $5.1 million in new phone-based scam

The fraudsters appear to be using technology that keeps calls connected even when the victims hang up to pretend to be banks, or 911 operators. A new sophisticated phone-based scam targeting Canadians has drained five victims of more than $5.1 million, Toronto police said Friday. The scammers pose as retailers, claiming to alert the victim of fraud in progress on their credit card and asking them to call 911 or their bank. Though the victims…

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Private Prosecution for Fraud Stayed by the Crown, Crown Not Required to Examine Witnesses

Private Prosecution for Fraud Stayed by the Crown, Crown Not Required to Examine Witnesses

  Breaking Fraud Cases from Canadian Courts At Canadian Fraud News, we report on decisions issued by Canadian Courts related to fraud, that are not reported in the main stream media, and that contain legal issues the Canadian public and fraud recovery experts should be aware of. The following is one such story. On January 12, 2018, Justice Patrick Murray of the Nova Scotia Superior Court of Justice released its decision on a judicial review…

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CFN Original: Adding new players to the bread price fixing scheme, should we be surprised?

CFN Original: Adding new players to the bread price fixing scheme, should we be surprised?

With the news that two national suppliers and five grocery store chains were allegedly involved with the bread price-fixing scheme that Weston Bakeries and Loblaws admitted to in December of 2017, the rest of this gigantic iceberg is slowly coming into view. And with court documents that detail the specifics of this scheme, the real question is, should we really be surprised? If lack of surprise is one response, let’s not confuse it with any…

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DNA barcoding reveals widespread seafood fraud in Metro Vancouver

DNA barcoding reveals widespread seafood fraud in Metro Vancouver

UBC researchers are developing new techniques to identify the seafood sold in Metro Vancouver and they say their findings, released Friday, point to widespread seafood fraud. By using a technique called DNA barcoding, researchers were able to identify the genes of fish from a survey of 300 samples in Metro Vancouver from both sushi restaurants and grocery stores. The barcoding method compared all the data with an extensive library of fish DNA constructed by researchers at…

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Former top NDP staffer Heather Grant-Jury pleads guilty to fraud

Former top NDP staffer Heather Grant-Jury pleads guilty to fraud

Heather Grant-Jury, who once worked as a top aide to former premier Greg Selinger, has pleaded guilty to fraud. She entered the guilty plea to fraud over $5,000 in provincial court on Tuesday. Between May 2011 and December 2015, Grant-Jury incurred personal charges on a credit card used for union educational business and expensed them to the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832, according to an agreed statement of facts entered into court. She was…

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Former Alberta charity treasurer sentenced for fraud, must pay back $206K

Former Alberta charity treasurer sentenced for fraud, must pay back $206K

The former treasurer of a local children’s non-profit group pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 on Thursday and was sentenced to two years behind bars. Asa Wedman, who was the treasurer of the Children’s Heart Society until the fall of 2016, was also ordered to pay back $206,281.20. Wedman, 41, broke down in court Thursday morning and sobbed. Wedman’s lawyer, Edmond O’Neill, said his client feels guilty and ashamed. He told the judge Wedman has lost his good…

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Canada’s top military judge charged in alleged fraud investigation

Canada’s top military judge charged in alleged fraud investigation

Canada’s highest-ranking military judge has been charged in an alleged fraud involving false documents and an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. The Canadian Forces National Investigative Service charged Col. Mario Dutil with three counts under the National Defence Act including fraud, wilfully making a false entry in a document and conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline. According to public affairs officer Lt. Blake Peterson, the charges relate to a travel claim Dutil is alleged to…

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