Fraud Chronicles Roundup – Cases in the News (Jan 15, 2015)

Tenant with long history of abusing landlords found guilty of fraud – Toronto Star Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:05:06 GMT

Nina Willis, a Toronto tenant who has been evicted from at least seven homes since 2005 for not paying rent, was found guilty after an eight-day trial that turned into a spectacle

Read more …

Crown attorney Power described Nina Willis as a “seasoned and practiced liar” and commented that she regarded her landlords as “prey”.

Former landlords testified that Willis at first appeared to be a “charming and responsible tenant” until her rent payments stopped. Willis claimed a variety of reasons for stopping payment, but despite her complaints, she lost seven tenant board appeals.

Her trial became dramatic when Willis fired her lawyer, alleged conspiracy theories against her, attempted to “plead the fifth” (a reference to the United States “fifth amendment”), and when the jury heard references to un unnamed star of the movie Titanic.

References to the Titanic were apparently related to Wilson having been extradited to the USA to face assualt charges “for smashing a drinking glass or bottle into the face of Leonardo DiCaprio during a 2005 Hollywood Hills party.”

In her Toronto trial, Justice Alphonse Lacavera found Willis guilty of two counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of false pretence under $5,000.” Sentencing is scheduled for March 19.

Canadian authorities freeze bank accounts in Arthur Porter fraud case – Toronto Star
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:30:25 GMT

Canadian authorities have frozen bank accounts in the ongoing fraud and money laundering case against Dr. Arthur Porter and former executives with engineering giant SNC-Lavalin  Read more …

Police allege that Porter, his wife, and other conspirators received $22.5 million in bribes from SNC-Lavalin executives to assure that SNC-Lavalin won the contract for MUHC’s massive new hospital.

Crown prosecutors have issued forfeiture orders for accounts in the name of Porter, his wife, and a number of others. The orders relate to accounts in the Bahamas, Sierra Leone, Canada, and the USA. Forfeiture orders are also being sought in the name of an alleged conspirator.

This announcement comes shortly after CBC reports of documents in the Pamela Porter case which reveal shell companies being used in the ongoing Porter/SNC-Lavalin fraud and money laundering case.

Last month Porter pled guilty to money laundering.

Pamela Porter court documents allege fraud, use of shell companies –
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:19:35 GMT

( Newly-released court documents related to the guilty plea of Pamela Porter offer a glimpse into an allegedly complicated system of money laundering involving international … Read more …

RCMP investigating alleged fraud at Via Rail – Calgary Sun
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:49:14 GMT

Calgary Sun: RCMP are investigating alleged fraud at Via Rail. The suspected fraud totalled hundreds of thousands of dollars. Via Rail is reported to have hired the manager involved despite her prior conviction for theft. Read more …

The alleged fraudster was previously a senior manager at Bombardier Aerospace, and was convicted and sentenced in 2010 for stealing computers from Bombardier.

Do you have a news, court or regulatory body report relating to an interesting fraud case?   Comment on this posting or Tweet @fighting_fraud to share your Web links of publicly available fraud news and case information.

Vanessa G. Oltmann
Education and integrity – the best weapons against fraud and corruption

Author: V. G. Oltmann

V. G. Oltmann, MBA, CPA, CGA, CFI - Professor, Vancouver Island University 2002 - 2013 - Board Member, Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada (ACFI): 2010-2013 - LinkedIn Profile:

50 thoughts on “Fraud Chronicles Roundup – Cases in the News (Jan 15, 2015)”

  1. Kevyn Frederick was the center of attention in Edmonton in the Summer of 2013. He leveraged several properties against one another and signed a variety of bad business deals in order to appropriate millions of dollars. In the fallout of his discovery several people lost their investments in a Leduc condo complex. His actions also resulted in the shutting down of a newly built Christian based community center and the forcing of the iconic Chateau Lacombe Hotel into receivership. The following articles describe Frederick’s scam.

    1. Thanks for posting this. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this massive money laundering and corruption case, with its links to powerful people.

    1. Thanks. Good posting. If you search the GillWirick on the database, you’ll find a number of related articles to this very significant Canadian mortgage fraud case.

    1. Thanks, Aaron. The information about this case at the BC Securities Commission also makes interesting reading.

    1. Thanks for posting. It’s always a good idea to be careful with online purchases. I generally won’t purchase unless the vendor has a good rating on PayPal.

  2. CBC’s coverage of Victoria’s Ian Gregory Thow in their article “Thow gets 9 years for defrauding investors” from March 4, 2010 (the links following the initial link is coverage of Thow’s case in regards to parole.

    1. This is a nice collection of Ian Gregory Thow articles. This court case from the Eron Mortgage fraud shows how long it can take for a case to come to a conclusion in the courts after the fraud is discovered.

    1. Thanks, Hamdi. I’ve been looking for further news about this case, but haven’t found any. If any comes across more recent news of the Contrete Equities case, let me know. The most recent news I see is from February 2014.

    1. Thanks for the credit card fraud case. It’s nice to see courts giving restitution orders. This case shows how important international cooperation is in fraud investigation and enforcement.


    1. Very interesting, Alicia. I’m looking online now to see if I can find any writeup of the court judgment in this case.


    1. This is an interesting case about European Distribution Fraud – where a fraudster claims to be a UK company and places a large order for goods from a European company, receives the order but never pays for it. It’s good to see active enforcement going on in this international category of fraud.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *