Category Archives: Asian crime

Toronto lawyer Meerai Cho arrested in condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

Toronto lawyer arrested in alleged condo fraud totalling $12.4-million


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A Toronto lawyer was arrested Tuesday after at least 25 people came forward alleging they paid deposits for a condo in north Toronto, only to learn later that the land had been sold, the developer had fled and their money was gone.

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.


At a time when construction is booming in Toronto, the alleged fraud calls into question whether strong enough safeguards exist for condo buyers in the city. While real estate lawyers and authorities say a crime of this nature is rare, others say the new-sale market needs more oversight.

“This wasn’t something that somebody met them [victims] down the back alley. This was a condo development, they were dealing with a lawyer at this time, and the purpose of the trust account is to hold the monies in trust, they are not supposed to be moved,” Det. Constable Devereaux said.

The victims’ losses vary from $40,000 to $700,000 in deposits, according to police. Continue reading

Klaus Nielsen charged with trying to smuggle bacteria into China, Canada-wide arrest warrant issued for Wei Ling Yu

Canadian scientists perplexed why researcher would try to smuggle readily available pathogen to China

 | April 4, 2013 2:52 PM ET
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OTTAWA — Scientists familiar with contagions are scratching their heads over the arrest of a former federal government researcher who was allegedly trying to smuggle bacteria into China.

Klaus Nielsen, a former lead researcher with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, faces charges in what police say was a scheme to illegally commercialize a testing device for Brucella bacteria.

The Mounties say Nielsen, of Richmond, Ont., and a fellow researcher, Wei Ling Yu, have been charged with breach of trust by a public officer. Continue reading

Mountie Ken Barker, who witnessed Chinese cannibal beheading young man on Greyhound bus, commits suicide

Mountie who witnessed bus beheading dies by suicide Staff 

Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:48PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:37PM EDT

After a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a Mountie who witnessed the beheading of a Greyhound bus passenger has taken his own life.

A family member has confirmed that recently-retired RCMP corporal Ken Barker died by suicide last weekend. A total of 13 Canadian first responders have taken their own lives over the past 10 weeks.

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Richmond, B.C.: Alleged bear paw smuggler Zhen Kun Chen makes first court appearance

Alleged bear paw smuggler makes first court appearance
Richmond man was charged for attempt to smuggle bear paws through Vancouver airport
CBC News Posted: Aug 2, 2013 5:45 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 2, 2013 10:53 AM PT
Black bear paws are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine and also as a culinary delicacy. (The Canadian Press) Facebook

A Richmond, B.C. man makes his first court appearance today, facing charges under the Wildlife Act for attempting to smuggle bear paws through the Vancouver Airport.

Zhen Kun Chen was busted at an airport inspection station in August 2011 carrying three bear paws from two different black bears in his carry-on luggage.

“We know they were animals that were harvested in this province,” says Dave Cox, a B.C. conservation officer.

“The individual was en route to China, so it’s difficult to say exactly where he was headed with them.”

Bear paws are prized in China for their use in traditional medicine and also as a culinary delicacy that can fetch up $500 a plate.

Zhen could be sentenced with up to six months in jail and a $250,000 fine, or just the fine alone. He will appear in court again in September.

Toronto: Asian store owners cram at least 32 employees into two suburban houses


These homes help us embrace the rich cultural heritage of diverse working conditions

The owners of an Asian grocery store housing employees on Beaverbrook Ave. have been fined after bylaw officers found at least 32 people living in the two single-family homes.

Food Island, a store on Wonderland Rd. and Oxford St., came into the spotlight in January after a stabbing near a home several blocks away.

The owners face fines of $3,500.

After the stabbing, several neighbours complained about the number of people living at 1703 and 1709 Beaverbrook Ave.

Both homes are zoned as residential, meaning they can’t have more than five bedrooms each.

However, a total of 17 bedrooms were constructed – eight at 1709 and nine at 1703, said Orest Katolyk, the city’s bylaw manager.

“This was one of the most intensified single detached dwellings we have seen,” Katolyk said.

“Based on a bed count, a minimum of 32 occupants resided at these homes in this developing area.”

Beaverbrook Ave., is within walking distance of Food Island. The two homes were build less than five years go, Katolyk said.

The additional bedrooms were constructed mostly in the basement, he said.

“The bedrooms were for multiple occupancy. There were basically mattresses everywhere,” Katolyk said.

Curtis Nguyen, a store manager who spoke on behalf of the owners, who don’t speak English, said Monday the additional bedrooms were taken down shortly after the police and bylaw officer presence in January.

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Lai Tong Sang allegedly orders murder of rival triad head in Macau before obtaining Canadian permanent residency

Seventeen years after they arrived, the Canada Border Services Agency wants the board to find Tong Sang Lai and his family inadmissible, because of the man’s links to organized crime. Officals believe Lai was the leader of a major Chinese crime syndicate, the Shui Fung, or Water Room, gang.
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What Canadian immigration knew about the Chinese crime kingpin who’s fighting to keep his residency
by The Canadian Press on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 5:14pm – 0 Comments

VANCOUVER – Police had alleged that the man fighting to keep his Canadian residency status ordered the murders of three of his Asian gang rivals before coming to Canada, a former Canadian visa officer told an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.

Jean-Paul Delisle told Lai Tong Sang’s hearing Wednesday that several red flag warnings of the man’s organized crime lifestyle came up when he reviewed a file back in the mid-1990s — but the man was still allowed into the country not longer after. Continue reading

Toronto: 7 charged in bogus marriage scheme involving Chinese citizens who paid to marry Canadians

 CIR: The version  posted yeasterday is now under a publication ban, thus the names of those charged had to be removed.



Border agency charges 7 in alleged ‘marriage of convenience’ scheme in Toronto
Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:26 PM

TORONTO – Canada Border Services Agency has charged seven people in the Toronto area in connection with an investigation into what it calls a “marriage of convenience” scheme.

The agency says the accused acted as go-betweens who arranged for Canadian citizens to marry and sponsor Chinese nationals. Continue reading

Alex Quang allegedly defrauded dozens across the country


Alex Quang

Man allegedly defrauded dozens across the country
CBC News Posted: Dec 28, 2012 8:22 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 28, 2012 8:54 PM ET

People across the country allege they have been scammed by a man who took various amounts of money from them before disappearing.

People from Edmonton to Winnipeg say Alex Quang came into their lives, took money and left. Continue reading

GTA: Vietnamese Minh Hoang Tran arrested in connection to bank robberies over two-year period

Man arrested in connection to bank robberies over two-year period
Published on Tuesday December 18, 2012
Sarah Taguiam
Staff Reporter

A man has been arrested in connection to a five GTA bank robberies that took place over a two-year period.

During several instances from 201 to this year, a man wearing a ski mask robbed tellers from different banks in the city on gunpoint, police said.

In one case, the man allegedly fired a shot into a bank’s ceiling and immediately fled the scene. There were no reported injuries.

Minh Hoang Tran, 29, who has no fixed address, is facing 11 charges including robbery while armed with firearm and disguise with intent.

Markham: Siu Lung Chau and Ping Li arrested in $1.5 million marijuana grow-op bust

Two Markham men arrested after $1.5 million marijuana grow-op bust
Published on Friday December 21, 2012
Erica Rae Chong
Staff Reporter

Two Markham men are facing drug charges in relation to a large marijuana grow operation in Bowmanville.

Durham Regional Police executed a search warrant at an address on Scottsdale Dr. near Liberty St. N. and seized more than 1,500 marijuana plants worth around $1.5 million, as well as various pieces of growing equipment. The two men were arrested at the residence.’

Siu Lung Chau, 29, and Ping Li, 26, were charged with production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

This is the 14th indoor marijuana grow operation shut down this year by Durham police.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact theDrug Enforcement Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5802.