TORONTO, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - As events unfold with respect to the daycare licensing process, new developments are uncovering a systemic and pervasive series of anomalies and questionable practices with respect to Ministry of Education daycare licensing practices.
Mr. Gerald Jutsun, a fraud investigator and President of FSI Fraud Security Investigations, who is also the owner and President of Tiny Town Daycare, claims to have uncovered a widespread series of fraud and collusion, not only within his own daycare centers, but now with over a dozen other daycare centres and all centered in the Region of Peel. The matter has further escalated with lawsuits by Mr. Jutsun against a former employee, the Ministry of Education and its ministry licensing director and inspectors (see April 10, 2014 Canada Newswire release - http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1337207/daycare-operator-sues-ontario-ministry-of-education-for-26-million) .
The case is now further amplified with another daycare operator coming forward and preparing legal action against the Ministry of Education and its agents, for similar alleged prejudicial practices and improprieties.
Mrs. Ambereen Shahid, formerly the owner of First Choice Daycare and Montessori in Brampton, states that she has undergone a series of highly irregular and questionable licensing investigations. Her license was terminated after she spent tens of thousands of dollars and endured a barrage of inspections and reports which resulted in her termination. Subsequent to the termination of her license, she moved to sell her daycare and was in the process of doing so, but without final consummation of the purchase and sale of her daycare center.
The daycare's purported new buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, was granted a daycare operating license within days of application and before confirmation of the purchase of the daycare center. This was in contrast to Mrs. Shahid's provisional license, granted 8 months earlier in June 2013. Mrs. Shaheed underwent a series of ongoing monitoring inspections until January 2014, after which her license was terminated after she was cautioned to spend significant amounts of money.
The new buyer was granted an operating license almost immediately thereafter and was to take over the center with all assets and improvements intact. The purported buyer also entered the daycare and ran its operations for two weeks thereafter. Mr. Jutsun questions how the buyer was granted a new operating license for 71 children, just after Mrs. Shahid's license was terminated, when in fact the sale had not been finalized.
The daycare center has since been purchased by Mr. Jutsun and Tiny Town Daycare from Mrs. Shahid, and who are now only granted permission to operate with 5 children in the center, pending a re-application for the 71 childcare license. Mr. Jutsun states that if a new buyer could be granted a license almost instantaneously, Tiny Town Daycare should be granted an operating license as soon as possible, with the licensing process now underway.
The purported buyer claims that they are out of pocket with significant costs and was assured a daycare center with the issuance of an operating daycare license. Mr. Jutsun is considering compensating her for her losses and which has yet to be quantified. He claims that the status of the outstanding license, granted for 71 children, is now called into question. Mr. Jutsun also questions whether the issued licence and ostensibly signed by the Director of Licensing and Compliance, Ms. Sue Ewen, is rescinded, stayed or stands for the buyer to re-enact the purchase of the daycare.
Mr. Jutsun states that it is a series of anomalies and incongruous events which keep escalating and raising further questions. "This is a highly complex case that needs a rigorous and intensified investigation into the daycare licensing practices, and which are highly suspect and non-transparent," he says.
Mr. Jutsun also claims to have provocative detailed evidence of the fraud operation, and is compiling more data from further operators coming forward. He states that many of the other daycare operators are terrified of forfeiting their licenses and/or being arrested and imprisoned in jail. Furthermore, he states that part of this systemic fear is that some of the daycare operators are new immigrants to Canada and are fearful of government policing tactics through fear and intimidation.
Mr. Jutsun is preparing a compendium of evidence to be delivered to the Ministry of Education, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Official Opposition with the Progressive Conservatives. He states that governing authorities need to be prudent and reactive to what is becoming a major fraud issue, and is also putting thousands of children in jeopardy with daycare licensing.
Minster Liz Sandals has not responded to the issue, and Opposition Critic Rob Leone is being duly apprised of all details of collated evidence now being coalesced. The matter is further heightened with the ongoing Provincial election.
SOURCE: JMG Publicist
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