Nova Scotia Doctor Charged with Trafficking Oxycodone Pleads Not Guilty

A Nova Scotia doctor charged with drug trafficking after police accused her of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient who never received them has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyer Stan MacDonald says he entered the pleas on behalf of his client June 8, 2016 in Bridgewater provincial court.

MacDonald says trial dates have been set for Feb. 21 to 28 and March 1 to 7.

Bridgewater police have alleged 35-year-old Sarah Dawn Jones wrote the prescription for oxycodone and oxyneo pills over a one-year period.

Jones worked at the Crossroads Family Practice in the Halifax suburb of Tantallon, but the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons has said she’s under an interim suspension and has stopped practising.

The College has said the matter was reported to police last August after a pharmacist reported unusual activity to the college’s investigative branch.

Jones is also accused of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, theft, breach of trust, drawing a document without authority and fraud.

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Individuals Fraudulently Using FinCEN Name to Get Financial Information from Saskatchewan Residents

Source: FCAA News Release

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) is warning the public about an ongoing financial scam that attempts to solicit financial information from unsuspecting victims.

This scam is committed by persons who claim to be representatives of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an agency of the Government of the United States of America.

FCAA recently became aware that an individual claiming to be an employee of FinCEN has contacted members of the Saskatchewan public by telephone and email seeking their personal and financial information.  The email address used by the individual is stopfraud@fincen.info.  The individual claimed that personal and financial information was needed to aid with FinCEN’s investigation of companies for fraud relating to the sale of securities to Saskatchewan residents.

FinCEN is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Its mission is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use, combat money laundering, and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.  More information about FinCEN can be found on their website at www.fincen.gov.

A representative of FinCEN confirmed that it does not send unsolicited requests nor does it seek personal or financial information from members of the public.  Further, a representative of FinCEN verified that it deals exclusively with financial institutions and does not investigate frauds directly.

If you have been contacted by an individual claiming to be an employee or representative of FinCEN, please contact the Securities Division of the FCAA at 306-787-5936.

For more information, contact:

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority
Regina
Phone: 306-798-4160
Email: shannon.mcmillan@gov.sk.ca

Feds say ex policeman ran $2,000 an hour prostitution ring

Source: Canadian Press

A retired New York City police officer has been accused of running a prostitution ring that charged customers as much as $2,000 an hour and faces federal money laundering charges.

Michael Rizzi was arrested May 24, 2016 at his Brooklyn home.

U.S. Attorney Robert Capers says Rizzi ran a prostitution ring called BJM/Manhattan Stakes and Entertainment between 2012 and 2016.

Prosecutors say the company advertised on more than 50 websites with names such as Lush Playmates. They say some clients spent more than $25,000 for a night.

Prosecutors say Rizzi set up personal and business bank accounts to launder the millions of dollars the business took in.

Rizzi has pleaded not guilty in federal court and has been released on $500,000 bond. His attorney hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.

 

Priest who ‘took what he pleased’ from Detroit Area Church Gets 27 Month Prison Sentence

A Detroit-area Roman Catholic priest who said he “stained” his profession by embezzling more than $500,000 was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow rejected a light sentence sought by the Rev. Ed Belczak, but the punishment was shorter than the three years in prison recommended by prosecutors.

The government said Belczak “took what he pleased” from St. Thomas More Church in Troy to buy a Florida condominium from his parish manager and invest in stocks. Much of the $573,000 came from a deceased parishioner’s bequest to the church, which Belczak had led for nearly 30 years.

“Father Belczak’s crime was not an isolated incident or a momentary lapse of judgment, but an orchestrated scheme perpetrated over time to defraud the people he claimed to serve,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said.

Belczak and his supporters had hoped they could persuade the judge to keep him out of prison, saying his crime shouldn’t overshadow years of good work. Defence attorney Jerome Sabbota said running the large, prosperous parish was stressful.

“I have stained the reputation of being a priest,” Belczak said in court.

He said he wanted a lifestyle  “like the people I served,” adding that he gambled on the stock market, drank alcohol excessively and  “began to believe my own hype.”

Belczak was removed from St. Thomas More in 2013 after an audit raised questions about finances.

Church manager Janice Verschuren was charged with fraud and conspiracy. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in October, admitting she kept her divorced husband on the church’s health insurance at a cost of $26,000. She will be sentenced Jan. 21

 

IBC’s Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles for 2015

On December 2, 2015, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) published its annual Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles list. Once again, Ford trucks and expensive SUVs figure prominently. However, this year, organized criminals have taken a different approach hoping to avoid being detected and caught when exporting the stolen vehicles. ​

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“We are seeing containers in the Montreal and Halifax ports stocked with car and truck parts,” said Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC. “Crooks are trying to fool Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and IBC by dismantling high-end, late-model vehicles. CBSA and IBC have seized 41 of these vehicles that had been dismantled.”

Dubin went on to say, “Together, CBSA and IBC have recovered over $10 million in stolen vehicles at the ports this year alone.”

While there has been a decline in auto theft over the last decade, there has been an uptick in auto theft in 2014. “Stolen vehicles are up 1% to 73,964 across Canada, with the biggest increases in B.C. (up 29%) and Alberta (up 2%),” added Dubin.

Top 10 List

This year’s 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are:

  1. FORD    F350 SD 4WD    PU 2005
  2. FORD    F350 SD 4WD    PU 2006
  3. FORD    F350 SD 4WD    PU 2007
  4. CADILLAC ESCALADE 4DR 4WD SUV 2006
  5. FORD    F350 SD 4WD    PU 2003
  6. FORD    F250 SD 4WD    PU 2006
  7. FORD    F350 SD 4WD    PU 2001
  8. FORD    F250 SD 4WD    PU 2004
  9. FORD    F250 SD 4WD    PU 2007
  10. FORD    F250 SD 4WD    PU 2001

According to Dubin, “None of the top 10 stolen vehicles are equipped with an electronic manufacturer immobilizer as a theft deterrent system, so they are easier to steal. We also see from this list that criminals continue to have a huge demand for AWD/4WD late model high-end vehicles.”

Men Arrested in Cheese Heist After Truck Was Stolen

York Regional Police say three men are in custody after allegedly making off with a truck loaded with cheese.

Police say the tractor trailer had originally been stolen from the Brampton area Tuesday.

cheeseThey say they got a call early this morning reporting the truck had surfaced in Vaughan.

Police say the suspects drove off as police were approaching and made it to Highway 7 West and Highway 427 before the truck rolled over.

The suspects fled the scene, but were shortly tracked down with help from provincial police.

Harpreet Singh, 36, 19-year-old Saurav Kumar and Kulvir Bains, 31 are now facing theft charges and will appear in court for a bail hearing later today.

 

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