Calvin Barry was recently hired to respresent Victoria and Jason Small, who have been accused of animal cruelty and abuse causing death. This case made national headlines last spring when 28 dead or abused horses were discovered on a rented farm in Stouffville, Ontario.
Calvin Barry was in court recently, where his clients did not appear.
“The Smalls are not required to appear for these hearings and it’s not unusual for accused to steer clear of what could be considered a “hostile” environment”, Barry said.
“Anytime there are cases with heated debate, with political issues and victims, emotions can be stirring outside the courtroom or parking lot.”
The Smalls have a right to due process and are presumed innocent until proven guilty, he added.
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Calvin Barry Professional Corporation was proud to sponsor Gloves Up Toronto last night at the Rebel Nightclub.
Toronto Beyond the Blue (TBTB) is an independent, registered charity, with the support of the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Association, dedicated to serving spouses & families of Toronto police officers/civilian members. They strive to promote an awareness of their officer’s worth as well as an understanding of the joys and struggles that are uniquely experienced in a life in law enforcement.
To donate to Toronto Beyond the Blue, please visit: https://www.torontobeyondtheblue.com/donate
With Rohinie Bisesar being found not criminally responsible last week for the deadly Shoppers’ Drug Mart stabbing, we take a look back to December of 2015 with Calvin Discussing her case on Good Morning America.
Calvin Barry was recently featured in the new CBC documentary Prison Pump that aired on September 28th.
In Prison Pump, veteran documentary director Gary Lang shows us Vivar’s determination not only to survive this serious setback but to thrive on this new life path and finally become a role model to the sons he thought he’d never see again.
Prison Pump tracks the development of 25/7—the innovative fitness program Vivar developed in prison—which is now saving lives by both promoting healthy living and providing an outlet for ex-convicts who are struggling to re-enter society.
Watch the full documentary here: https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/m_episodes/prison-pump
We were proud to sponsor a hole at the Andy Potts Memorial Tournament on Thursday, September 20th.
Provincial Constable Andrew J. Potts was a proud member of the Ontario Provincial Police. Andy had served the people of Ontario for seven-and-a-half years, initially serving at the Pickle Lake Detachment in 1998. While in Pickle Lake Andy received the Commissioner’s Citation for life saving. Andy returned home to Muskoka in 1998.
On 20 July, 2005 Constable Potts and his partner Constable Matt Hanes responded to a call for service while serving the people of Muskoka. While enroute to this call the officers were involved in a motor vehicle collision. Constable Potts did not survive and his partner was seriously injured.
The Andy Potts Memorial Foundation now includes three fundraising events; The Andy Potts Memorial Golf Tournament, Andy’s Ride and this year the inaugural Andy’s Snowshoe Poker Run. Family and friends have created these events to celebrate Andy’s life and give back to the community that he loved and served.
To learn more about the Andy Potts Memorial Foundation, please visit: https://andypottsmemorialfoundation.com
Call centers used by scammers contacting Canadians under the pretense that they are with the CRA were raided by the police in October, possibly putting a stop to suspected illegal centres that are involved with fraud.
Call Centres Raided
Several call centres were raided by the Indian police resulting in the seizure of equipment used for fraud and arrest of suspected perpetrators. This is a huge development in the investigation of the rampant cases of CRA fraud that have been targeting unsuspecting Canadians over the years. Combined loses from CRA scam cases is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
Noida Station Chief Ajay Pal Sharma says that the raids are just the beginning and that they will be conducting more raids aimed at other illegal call centres operating in their city. At present time, 28 people have been arrested including 2 who are considered as kingpins of the operation. The suspects are young and are mostly in their 20s. They will most likely face fraud charges and serve some jail time.
International Police Effort
The recent events are the result of the cooperation between Indian police and Canadian police. Canadian police went to Noida, a suburb in New Delhi India, after a CBC Marketplace investigation revealed the location where scammers are operating. An RCMP officer in India then contacted Indian authorities in cooperation with the FBI to plan the raids.
RCMP financial crimes head Supt. Peter Payne says that they are determined to take the scammers down and that it is only a matter of time before they track down other the fraudsters who are involved in CRA scam operations.
It is believed that dozens of fraudulent call centres are operating in various cities in India complete with managers and access to technology that allows them to continue their fraud while avoiding detection. Indian security observers divulged that it is possible that some of these centres are operating with police approval.
A spreadsheet containing the details of more than 600 Canadian scam victims was found in one of the raided facilities, a testament to how rampant and serious the situation is. Meanwhile, arrested suspects were paraded on national television in India to send a message to other perpetrators of the same fraud.
Beware of CRA Scam
The CRA scam works with the use of spoofing technology that makes the Indian callers seem like they are from Canada. They tell the victims that they are from the CRA and claim that the victim owes a lot of money in taxes and that they can be arrested or imprisoned if they don’t cooperate and resolve the matter quickly. The victims are then made to pay what they supposedly owe via iTunes, gift cards, Bitcoins, or some other forms of payment. The CRA says that they will never threaten taxpayers over the phone and will never ask for tax payment using unofficial methods.
Have you been a victim of CRA scam or any other scam? Make sure that you avoid fraud by keeping yourself informed about the latest fraud news in Canada. If you need help investigating a possible fraud, contact Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc and we’ll talk to you about your options.
Imagine being a victim of fraud, finding out who the alleged culprits are, gearing up for a trial, and then hearing that the charges have been stayed because there was no judge available for the trial to take place. That is exactly what happened in a recent case wherein Superior Court Justice Bonnie Croll had to stay the charges for the 12-week trial due in Toronto because no judge is available until January to preside over the trial.
Are Heavy Caseloads Burdening In Our Justice System?
The decision came after finding out that the trial won’t be able to commence in a timely manner because there was simply no judge available for proceedings to take place. In fact, there are 16 judicial vacancies at present time. In a related news, there is a possibility that other criminal cases that are lined up in the federal justice system may be dismissed unless more judges are appointed soon.
Office of the chief justice of the Superior Court senior counsel Norrie Nathanson shared that there are significant concerns about the courts’ ability to keep up with the cases, more so in view of the 2016 landmark decision in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision regarding R v. Jordan which says that strict timelines must be implemented in the processing of criminal cases, 30 months in Superior Court and 18 months in provincial court.
It should be noted that judicial vacancies are a real challenge more so for courts that are the size of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice. It takes a real effort from the judicial advisory committees and the Minister of Justice to ensure that appointments are made right after a judicial vacancy is known.
Regarding the Jordan case, it states that proceedings should follow the timeframe as to not breach a person’s right to be tried within a reasonable time. Failure to do so would be a violation of a person’s constitutional right unless the court can prove that the delay was caused by exceptional reasons.
Why the Charges Were Stayed
Croll shared in her ruling that courts must be properly resourced with judges and the charges are to be stayed because the resources needed for the trial to take place cannot be provided by the court. The delay that the case was facing was considered unreasonable.
As many as 28 judicial vacancies might be what’s in store for September if no appointments are made soon. That is a vacancy of about 10%. It doesn’t help that the federal process for appointing new judges is known to be slow.
For a new judge to be appointed, the process starts with the judicial advisory committee that will screen applicants. Applicants will be appointed after a federal cabinet meeting and after the governor-general or her designate signs the appointment.
What we can learn from this is that it is now more important to file charges as soon as possible to ensure that your case will be designated to a judge as soon as possible. Another thing to note is that a stay doesn’t mean that charges are dropped, but they will have to be refiled within a year to try to get to trial. This is different to the dropping of charges wherein the accused party can’t be brought to court for the same case again.
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A sentence of 14 years in person for fraud was recently handed to Daniel P. Reeve for defrauding 41 vulnerable individuals out of about $10 million – the harshest and longest fraud-related prison sentence to date given in Canada.
The verdict was given by Justice Toni Skarica to former Waterloo Region financial adviser Daniel P. Reeve, who’ve fleeced more than 40 individuals who have little to no investing experience out of their hard-earned $10 million. The justice reportedly said that if it was legally possible to give a longer sentence, it would have been done for this case, indirectly saying that even 14 years (the longest fraud sentence ever served in Canada) is still not enough.
Reeve still has 4 years to serve as the 6 years he served in pretrial custody was credited as 10 years prison time. He is facing another 10 year jail time if he is not able to pay back the 10 million fine within 10 years of being out the prison. The fine will go to his victims. Reeve, who is now 58, claims to be broke.
Preying on the Vulnerable
What made Reeve’s actions more despicable is that he seemed to target the vulnerable. Justice Skarica shared that one of the victims was a then recently widowed woman who Reeve promised to assist in hard times but ended up swindling out of her personal savings and her husband’s RRSP.
Many of Reeve’s victims lost everything as a consequence of listening to him. Some were not able to pay their mortgage, some got depressed, some even divorced because of the strain of financial difficulties.
Justice Skarica said that Reeve sought out grieving spouses, the elderly, the disabled, loyal clients, the emotionally vulnerable, strangers, and even his close friends to be victims in his scheme. The justice likened Reeve’s actions to that of a predator, as he hunted down those who can easily fall victim to him.
A Clear Warning
14 years for fraud is more time than some murderers spend in prison. Crown prosecutor Fraser McCracken shared that Reeve’s prison sentence is without a doubt, the longest one for fraud in Canada. He hopes that this will shed light on the plight of those who fall victim and serve as a warning to all those who wish to commit fraud.
Reeve’s predatory scheme is a mix of Ponzi schemes and scams, according to justice Skarica. Reeve did it to fund his lavish lifestyle and boost his ego. Reeve reportedly often used a stretch limo while serving as DRP Financial Inc’s ‘chief visionary officer’. He also reportedly owned a Porsche Boxster, 2 Cadillac Escalades, a Jaquar Land Rover, and expensive suits all while living in a lavish farmhouse. He was able to pull off his scams while still offering financial advice despite losing his financial adviser licence in 2007.
Reeve showed no emotion upon hearing of the havoc his actions brought to the lives of his victims. He apologized but did not show remorse.
Fraud victims are in the thousands per year in the Greater Toronto Area alone. Exposing fraudsters and getting help from authorities isn’t as easy as well because you’ll have to be certain that fraud exists. If you need help uncovering fraud or exploring what you can do to protect yourself, don’t hesitate to contact Haywood Hunt for an obligation-free initial consultation.