Offender also placed on house arrest and probation
TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -
TORONTO - After pleading guilty to five counts of fraud, a Toronto court
has ordered contractor Leonardo Dos Reis to pay $100,000 in restitution to six
consumers. Victims will receive monthly payments of $1,250 over five years,
with the remaining $25,000 as a separate restitution order.
Dos Reis will also be under house arrest for two years, followed by three
years' probation. During these periods, the court further ordered that he not
work in the renovations, home inspections or architectural fields and have no
contact with the victims.
In May 2006, the Ministry of Consumer Services charged three individuals
after investigating the business and marketing practices of Max Pies
Franchising and Max Pies Home Improvements, operating as Home Reno People.
Customers paid deposits of $1,000 to more than $80,000 but received little or
no renovation services. Others were overcharged for work completed.
Jaswinder Bhooi and Thomas Simpson, associates of Dos Reis, were also
charged with various fraud provisions under the Criminal Code. On June 7,
2007, Bhooi pled guilty to 7 counts of fraud over $5,000 and received an
18-month conditional sentence, followed by 18 months' probation. While on
probation, Bhooi is required to make restitution of $50,000. A bench warrant
remains outstanding for Simpson.
The Toronto Strategic Partnership, a multi-law enforcement agency,
assisted with arresting the offenders.
- The Consumer Protection Act imposes fines of up to $250,000 for
corporations and $50,000 for individuals convicted of infractions. It
also provides for jail terms of two years less a day on each offence.
The act also empowers the court to order offenders to pay
compensation or make restitution to victims.
- Formed in response to ever increasing cross-border mass fraudulent
marketing schemes, members of the Toronto Strategic Partnership
include the Competition Bureau of Canada, Ministry of Consumer
Services, Toronto Police Frauds Telemarketing Unit, O.P.P. Anti-
Rackets, Phonebusters, York Regional Police, RCMP-GTA Commercial
Crime Section, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Service,
and the U.K. Office of Fair Trading.
Know your consumer rights. Call the Consumer Protection Branch (416) 326-
8800 in the GTA, toll-free at 1-800-889-9768.
Get help online at www.ontario.ca/consumerprotection or e-mail
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For further information:
For further information: Sue Carroll, Communications Branch, (416)