Eleven Accused in Small Business Loan Frauds

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The RCMP Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime
Section charged six individuals and five companies with offences under the
Criminal Code, Canada Small Business Financing Act, and the Bankruptcy and
Insolvency Act. The investigation and charges result from concerns identified
by lenders and Industry Canada, the Federal Government department which
administers the Canada Small Business Financing Program.
    Investigators found the circumstances surrounding two suspect loans in
2005/2006 to be consistent with contrived business arrangements, in which the
apparent objective was to defraud the banks and the Government of Canada. It
is alleged that the perpetrators formed numbered shell companies, generated
false invoices used to secure fraudulent business improvement loans, and
laundered proceeds of crime. Two loans totaling in excess of $400,000 were
obtained and defaulted on thereby leaving the Government and ultimately the
tax payer to indemnify the banks.

    Variously charged are:

    Justin KAUFMAN (age 35) of Toronto
    Sharon KAUFMAN (age 60) of Thornhill
    Jordanna KAUFMAN (age 25) of Thornhill
    Kymberley WILISZEWSKI (age 41) of Oakville
    Randy MOORE (age 38) of Oakville
    Peter BEKELIS (age 32) of Mississauga

    The first court appearance is scheduled for January 20th, 2009 at Old
City Hall Courthouse in Toronto.

    The Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime Section is responsible for the
investigation of allegations where criminal conduct is suspected in relation
to the Canada Small Business Financing Act. In partnership with Industry
Canada, the RCMP actively investigates abuses which occur within the Small
Business Financing program. "Identifying and investigating allegations of
fraud in order to preserve the integrity of government programs, and the
economy as a whole, continues to be a priority for us, stated Inspector David
Bellamy, Officer In Charge of the GTA Commercial Crime Section. "This
investigation represents the commitment of the RCMP working together with
Industry Canada and Canadian banks to preserve that integrity".

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, Media Relations, RCMP "O"
Division, Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409

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