On Monday July 13th, an Oshawa business reported to police that it was a victim of the driveway paving scam involving a company called Power Construction out of Mississauga. The business was approached by the company who had left-over asphalt from a nearby job and had agreed to a paving job for $2500. At the end, the business was presented with an invoice for $13,000. The business contacted police on July 14th and it was learned that the company address was Square One mall in Mississauga and the company phone number a pay-as-you-go cell phone. Later on July 14th, a suspect attended the Oshawa business and picked up a bank draft for $10,000. The suspect was observed by police going to two cheque cashing businesses in Toronto and Brampton and was subsequently arrested. A search of his vehicle located evidence of sixteen fraudulent paving companies operating all over Ontario.
The investigation revealed this male was an employee of the cheque cashing businesses and was acting under the instruction of the owner of the businesses. The owner of the cheque cashing businesses was subsequently arrested as well.
On July 15th, 2009 police executed search warrants at four cheque cashing businesses in Richmond Hill, Toronto and Brampton: Cash-A-Cheque – 855 Browns Line, Toronto, Cash N Dash – 1269 Danforth Road, Toronto, Cheque & Currency – 10077 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill and Cheque Point – 27-83 Kennedy Road South, Brampton.
As a result of these searches, evidence was located identifying a total of twenty-two fraudulent paving companies operating the past few years in Ontario as well as eight suspects from the United Kingdom who travel to Canada each year to perpetrate these offences.
Several arrests were made and warrants have been issued for: Martin Goodwin Sr, age 47, Martin Goodwin Jr,, age 22, Michael White, age 47, Richard Hall, age 29, Levi Lee, age 54, John Moss, age 51, and Lee Carter, age 22, who are all residents of the United Kingdom.
All of the above individuals are jointly charged with Fraud Over $5000, Conspiracy To Commit Fraud and Participating In A Criminal Organization. HEMANI faces an additional charge of Laundering The Proceeds of Crime.
Anyone with nformation regarding this investigation can contact the West Division CIB at 1-888-579-1520 Ext. 2517. Anonymous tips can be made to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.