TORONTO: Maziar Masoudi arrested in human trafficking investigation, warrant issued for Milad Chehelamiran

Toronto man arrested, another sought in human trafficking case

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Maziar Masoudi, 23 (left), arrested in human trafficking investigation. Warrant issued for Milad Chehelamiran, 29 (right).

Maziar Masoudi, 23 (left), arrested in human trafficking investigation. Warrant issued for Milad Chehelamiran, 29 (right).

Toronto Police Service

TORONTO – Toronto police have announced the arrest of a man connected to a human trafficking investigation which began in November 2014.

It is alleged a 26-year-old woman was taken from the Greater Toronto Area to Calgary where she was forced to work in the sex trade for nearly a month.

READ MORE: Two arrested, another sought in human trafficking investigation

Police said in a media release that she was also forced to hand over her earnings.

Mazier Masoudi, 23, of Toronto was arrested on April 3 and charged with trafficking in persons, material benefit, procure person to be a prostitute, exercise control of person for prostitution and uttering threats.

Police have issued a warrant for Milad Chehelamiran, 29, of Toronto who is also wanted in connection to the investigation.

READ MORE: Toronto sex trafficking suspects face more charges after 2nd victim comes forward

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, charged with first-degree murder in drug-related shootout

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, indicted on first-degree murder charge

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:02 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 15, 2015 5:08 PM ET

Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout.Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout. (Handout/Canadian Press)

 A Canadian diplomat’s teenage son accused of involvement in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother in Florida has been charged with murder and will be tried as an adult.

A Miami-Dade County grand jury indicted 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu on first-degree felony murder charges Wednesday.

TORONTO: Four men face over 100 charges in shooting

Police said several people were gathered outside a townhouse at 5:50 p.m. Thursday when another group approached and began firing.

Five of the people milling about were shot, they said. Three men were sent to hospital — one with life-threatening wounds.

About 25 minutes later, officers investigating a car several kilometres away had an interaction with the occupants of the vehicle, during which police shot one man, the province’s police watchdog said in a statement.

The man suffered non-life threatening injuries, the Special Investigations Unit said.

Glenn Howell, who lives near where that incident happened, was sitting at his dinner table with his family eating “awesome homemade hamburgers,” when he saw the commotion.

“I’m facing the window and we notice this car driving up my driveway at a fast speed,” Howell told The Canadian Press.

The black car hit Howell’s car and drove it into his carport, he said.

Then he heard a huge bang and saw a bunch of people running around his front yard with guns.

He yelled at his wife, son, mother and sister — all over for dinner — to get down as he peered around a wall to watch the events unfold.

He finally saw a man with a vest with the word “police” on it.

“He looked at me and made a phone gesture with his hand and so I called 911,” Howell said.

He saw one officer pin and handcuff one man in his front yard and other officers bolt through his and his neighbours’ backyard.

Three Toronto men — Akeem Bailey, 25, Clifton Vassel Youria, 29, and Maurice Smith, 21 — and twenty-year-old Daniel Duarte-Alvarez, of Mississauga, face a total of 112 charges.

They are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Li Dongzhe one of the many Chinese fugitives hiding in Vancouver

Jailed man’s lawyer says documents show China reneges on negotiated deals
Lawyer's warning to fugitives hiding in Metro Vancouver: Don't do deals with China

Li Dongzhe is escorted into a courtroom in Harbin, China, by bailiffs. — HARBIN INTERMEDIATE PEOPLE¹S COURT, CHINA

The many Chinese corruption fugitives hiding in Metro Vancouver should keep running from the law based on the “brutal” treatment Chinese officials have handed several high-profile suspects, according to a Vancouver immigration lawyer.

Douglas Cannon — who represented Li Dongzhe — said his client has authorized him to publicize secret documents that show how Vancouver police and the RCMP conducted costly surveillance and pursued Li and his brother Li Donghu in Vancouver.

Li, a businessman accused of leading a $113-million bank embezzlement scheme, returned to China in December 2011, seven years after fleeing to Vancouver with his brother.

The documents reveal how the corruption suspects laundered money in Vancouver real estate and vehicles, and established companies long before they ran to B.C. They then sold assets and used “nominees” to make purchases and hold assets when they feared pursuit by officials.

Documents also reveal how China pressures Canada’s legal system — and Canadian tax dollars — into action to trap fugitive suspects.

 As The Province recently reported, secret Chinese “Fox Hunt” operations are believed to be growing in Vancouver, as a prime destination for many of the estimated thousands of suspects and billions in assets that China is currently seeking abroad.

TORONTO: Former immigration consultant Nageshwar Rao Yendamuri faces 88 immigration fraud charges

 Kendra Mangione, Writer

Published Friday, April 10, 2015 12:32PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 10, 2015 12:53PM EDT

A Toronto man is facing 88 charges in connection with a months-long immigration fraud investigation.

Nageshwar Rao Yendamuri, a regulated immigration consultant, was charged at the end of a 14-month investigation into his conduct, the Canada Border Services Agency said in a statement Friday.

Yendamuri worked as a consultant with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, the national regulatory authority designated by the Government of Canada.

The ICCRC is meant to safeguard those who seek Canadian immigration advice and representation, the website says.

All immigration consultants — working in Canada or abroad — who provide Canadian immigration services for a fee must be registered with the ICCRC.


Yendamuri is accused of submitting multiple immigration applications on behalf of religious workers for temporary resident visas, visitor extensions and visitor status restoration. Border agents allege he supported the documents with forged and/or fabricated documents.

He is currently out on bail with a $100,000 bond and several conditions, including that he not have contact with any witnesses who will be called to testify against him, and that he not conduct any immigration-related work.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with more information, or details on any other suspicious cross-border activity, is asked to call the CBSA at 1-888-502-9060. All calls are confidential.

TORONTO: Dozens of officers raid apartment buildings in human trafficking investigation

 Toronto police conducted a raid at an apartment building in Toronto’s west end early Thursday morning.

Kendra Mangione, Writer


A man is escorted to a police car following a raid in Toronto’s west end on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Published Thursday, April 2, 2015 7:46AM EDT

Toronto police raided a cluster of apartment buildings in the city’s west end as part of a human trafficking investigation.

Dozens of officers filtered through the buildings on Chalkfarm Drive, near Jane Street and Wilson Avenue, before dawn on Thursday.

Police said the sex crimes unit raided the buildings, acting on several search warrants, but would not provide further details.

Several people were seen being taken into custody, but police have not said exactly how many people were arrested, or what charges had been laid.

Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins is expected to speak at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. at police headquarters.