Six Charged in Bankruptcy Fraud Investigation

HAMILTON, ON, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) - Hamilton Niagara Regional Detachment Financial Crime Section charged six individuals with offences under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA).  The allegations all relate to an investigation into fraud and the abuse of the bankruptcy process.

Ervin BENDIG, age 50, of Hamilton, Ontario has been charged with one count under the BIA, Section 198(1)(c)- 'Make a material omission in a statement' and thirteen counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(e)- 'Unlawfully after or within one year immediately preceding the date of bankruptcy event obtained credit' 

Jan GODLA Jr., age 30, of Stoney Creek, Ontario has been charged with one count under the BIA, Section 198(1)(c)- 'Make a material omission in a statement', two counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(e)- 'Unlawfully after or within one year immediately preceding the date of bankruptcy event obtained credit' and five counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(a)- 'Unlawfully make any fraudulent disposition of the bankrupt's property' 

Dana BENDIGOVA, age 29, of Hamilton, Ontario has been charged with one count under the BIA, Section 198(1)(c)- 'Make a material omission in a statement', four counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(e)- 'Unlawfully after or within one year immediately preceding the date of bankruptcy event obtained credit' and ten counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(a)- 'Unlawfully make any fraudulent disposition of the bankrupt's property' 

Danka BENDIGOVA, age 48, of Hamilton, Ontario has been charged with one count under the BIA, Section 198(1)(c)- 'Make a material omission in a statement' and eight counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(e)- 'Unlawfully after or within one year immediately preceding the date of bankruptcy event obtained credit;' 

Marie RAKASOVA, age 51, of Hamilton, Ontario has been charged with one count under the BIA, Section 198(1)(c)- 'Make a material omission in a statement' and eight counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(e)- 'Unlawfully after or within one year immediately preceding the date of bankruptcy event obtained credit' and 

Jan GODLA Sr., age 53, of Hamilton, Ontario has been charged with one count under the BIA, Section 198(1)(b)- 'Unlawfully refuse or answer fully and truthfully all proper questions put to him' and eight counts under the BIA, Section 198(1)(e)- 'Unlawfully after or within one year immediately preceding the date of bankruptcy event obtained credit'.

The matter is scheduled for first appearance at Ontario Court of Justice - John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton on October 2, 2013.

The RCMP and the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy combine their efforts to investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing related to bankruptcy and insolvency matters in order to protect the integrity of the insolvency system in Canada.

SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information:

S/Sgt. Nancy Burniston
RCMP Financial Crimes
Hamilton Niagara Regional Detachment
905-643-5778 (o)
289-213-5073 (c)


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