OTTAWA, December 7, 2012 — The Competition Bureau announced today that charges have been laid against five individuals following an investigation in partnership with the Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud (COLT).
Alberino Magi, 44, Randolph (Randy) Misiurak, 47, Gilles Tremblay, 72, and Alain Chikani, 28, all of Montréal, and Jacqueline (Jackie) Kolthoff, 37, of Brossard, have all been charged under the Criminal Code with defrauding the public in excess of $5,000.
In addition, Magi, Misiurak, Tremblay and Chikani have been charged under the Competition Act with making false or misleading representations during telemarketing calls, and Magi, Misiurak, Tremblay, and Kolthoff have been charged under the deceptive telemarketing provision of the Competition Act.
In August 2006, a Bureau investigation revealed two telemarketing operations in Montréal using questionable tactics. One, using names such as "Advance Financial", "Consumer Benefit", and others, promoted government grants to American citizens. The other, using names including "Global Electronic Solutions/Solutions Électroniques Global" and "Federal Emergency Medical Supply/Agence Federal des Produits Medicales (sic)", promoted the sale of office supplies and medical kits to Canadian and American businesses. The operations were shut down following a search in December 2006. The combined revenue of the two operations is estimated to be as much as $840,000.
The Bureau's investigation determined that some of the alleged tactics used during the telemarketing calls included implying that the caller represented a business that had an existing relationship with the victim's company, indicating that certain products or services were required under government rules, or implying that the call was being made on behalf of a government agency.
Consumers who suspect that they have been victims of deceptive telemarketing are encouraged to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or the Competition Bureau at 1-800-348-5358.
COLT is a joint forces operation involving the Competition Bureau, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sûreté du Québec, City of Montréal Police Service, Canada Border Services Agency, Department of Homeland Security (Immigration & Customs Enforcement), U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Secret Service. COLT also works closely with Canada Post, the Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
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