Multiple arrests, hundreds of charges laid in moving company scam

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Toronto police say they’ve made a number of arrests and laid hundreds of charges in a months-long fraud investigation.

Police say 4 folks had been arrested this week in reference to moving company fraud in the world of Bellamy Road and Progress Avenue in Scarborough.

Back in June, officers executed a warrant in opposition to a number of finances moving firms following an undercover investigation by CBC’s Marketplace into a gaggle of nationwide moving firms accused of misleading pricing.

According to police, two males purchased and operated the businesses, quoting prospects low quantities once they reached out on-line.

However, police say, after the businesses picked up a individual’s belongings, they used contracts with out signed quantities and would then withhold their prospects’ belongings till a better quantity was paid that police mentioned could be “hundreds of {dollars} greater than they had been initially quoted.” 

Police say it’s believed the businesses would then threaten to unload the purchasers’ belongings until the upper quantity was paid.

In some circumstances, police say, that did occur.

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Roadway Moving first quoted the Marketplace producer $895 to maneuver 1,000 kilos. After filling out a list spreadsheet, that quantity jumped to $1,495 earlier than tax to maneuver 3,000 kilos. But on moving day, the estimated weight went up once more.

On Friday, police say they arrested a 55-year-old Toronto lady, who has been charged with theft over $5,000, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and mischief by interfering with property over $5,000. She is anticipated to look in court docket Nov. 1.

Three different folks from Toronto are additionally dealing with hundreds of charges. Friends and enterprise companions Cemal Ozturk, 30, and Dogan Celik, 29, in addition to a 26-year-old lady have all been charged with dozens of offences, together with acquiring by false pretence, fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, theft, fraud and tried fraud.

Ozturk and Celik had been every beforehand charged with 4 counts of fraud, mischief, possession of property obtained by crime and false pretence, in addition to conspiracy to commit indictable offences. It shouldn’t be clear once they’re subsequent anticipated in court docket.

Police say all belongings have now been returned to prospects.

These are the businesses listed below the June warrant:

  • Move Me Again Transportation Inc.

  • All You Can Move

  • Canadian Principal Movers

  • Safebound Moving & Storage

  • Roadway Moving & Storage

  • 12282569 Canada Inc.

  • All Over Canada Van Lines Inc.

  • East Coast Star Van Lines Inc.

  • Greenway Moving and Storage Inc.

  • Moonstar Van Lines Inc.

  • 13448037 Canada Inc.

  • O’Canada Movers

  • New Vision Movers. 

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