A Calgary man and self-proclaimed billionaire has been charged with fraud after promising millions to B.C junior hockey team

A Calgary man and self-proclaimed billionaire has been charged with fraud after promising millions to B.C junior hockey team

A Calgary man whose highly-publicized promise to donate millions of dollars to a B.C. junior hockey team has so far gone unfulfilled has been charged with fraud and forgery stemming from a celebratory banquet he held at a restaurant. The National Post has also learned that Mike Gould took part in meetings in recent months with the managers of an upscale residential community in Cranbrook, B.C., during which he expressed interest in buying the whole…

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Toronto man wanted by police for swanky west-end apartment rental scam, turns himself in

Toronto man wanted by police for swanky west-end apartment rental scam, turns himself in

A man Toronto police have been looking for in connection with a series of alleged rental frauds first reported by CBC Toronto has turned himself into police. In a news release issued Tuesday morning, Toronto police said Michael Adam Lemke of Toronto surrendered on Dec. 1. He is charged with possession of proceeds of crime, as well as nine counts of fraud under $5,000. Police allege that he rented a condo and then advertised a…

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Canadians responsible for $15 million ICO charged by SEC with violating U.S securities laws and defrauding investors

Canadians responsible for $15 million ICO charged by SEC with violating U.S securities laws and defrauding investors

Two Canadian based organizers of a multimillion dollar ICO have been charged with violating U.S securities laws and defrauding investors, according to a new filing dated Dec. 1. This comes on the heels of the duo landing in hot water early this year with the Quebec Supreme Court. Dominic Lacroix and Sabrina Paradis-Royer, along with a firm called PlexCorp, have been charged with violating U.S. securities laws and defrauding investors, according to a new filing…

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Great grandson of Calgary pioneer Col. James Macleod sentenced to 4 1/2 years for million-dollar fraud

Great grandson of Calgary pioneer Col. James Macleod sentenced to 4 1/2 years for million-dollar fraud

The great grandson of Calgary pioneer Col. James Macleod has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in a federal penitentiary by a Alberta judge. James Farquharson Macleod was also ordered to pay $1,029,000 restitution to his High River victims, by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Corina Dario. But one of those victims expressed doubt he’ll ever see a penny from the former High River resident, who now lives in B.C. Richard Cooper said he was…

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The former co-manager of Kashechewan First Nation pleads guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000

The former co-manager of Kashechewan First Nation pleads guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000

As the former co-manager of Kashechewan First Nation, Giuseppe (Joe) Crupi of Thunder Bay has pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000. Crupi was initially charged by the RCMP in September of 2016 after $1.2 million in federal government money was diverted from Kashechewan between 2007 and 2012. At the time of his arrest, the RCMP said that as co-manager, Crupi was responsible for managing federal government funds obtained by Kashechewan. The diverted…

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Half a billion dollars in fines and orders to pay back the proceeds of frauds went unpaid in the past decade

Half a billion dollars in fines and orders to pay back the proceeds of frauds went unpaid in the past decade

According to findings from a Postmedia investigation, half a billion dollars in connection with various fines and orders to pay back the proceeds of frauds levied by the B.C. Securities Commission, have gone unpaid in the past decade. A Langley-resident who wished to be identified only by his last name, Nagy, to protect his privacy, said he lost $100,000 in an $11.7-million Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Surrey-resident Tom Williams. In a 2016 securities commission judicial…

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Kelowna man found guilty of scamming former Google executive out of millions

Kelowna man found guilty of scamming former Google executive out of millions

A Kelowna man accused of scamming a former Google executive of millions of dollars was found guilty in a B.C court on Friday. Bart Woytowicz, who is described in court documents as a “financially successful” founding member of Google, transferred $2 million US into a Danimal Productions Inc. bank account owned by Kelowna resident, Dan Keith Andersen. The transfer of the money was based on the specific stipulation that the money was seen as a…

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Former Olympic rower Harold Backer has court date set for September 2018

Former Olympic rower Harold Backer has court date set for September 2018

Former mutual funds salesman and Olympic rower Harold Backer has his court date set for September 2018. Backer has pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraud over $5,000 and has elected to be tried by judge alone in provincial court. His trial is scheduled to start on Sept. 10, 2018. Harold Backer disappeared for 17 months on Nov, 3, 2015 after telling his family that he was going out for a bike ride. But…

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Ontario government suing company accused of misappropriating millions allocated towards First Nation community

Ontario government suing company accused of misappropriating millions allocated towards First Nation community

The Ontario government is suing a private company accused of diverting and misappropriating money allocated towards one of Canada’s most impoverished First Nations communities. The lawsuit also states that Health Canada repeatedly renewed its contract with the company despite being under investigation by both the government and the RCMP over concerns raised about fraudulently managed funds intended for the Kashechewan First Nation. Giuseppe Crupi is one of the two brothers who’s been named in the…

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B.C. man set to appear in Vancouver court in connection with international securities fraud

B.C. man set to appear in Vancouver court in connection with international securities fraud

Colin Heatherington, a former resident of B.C., was arrested in connection with a $200-million international securities fraud investigation, appeared in court Thursday for a bail hearing in Vancouver. Heatherington was arrested by the RCMP in Port Alberni under a provisional arrest warrant filed b the United States Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a statement on Wednesday. While Mrozek stated he doesn’t know if an official request for extradition has been made, it…

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