June 15, 2024

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A pair of men from the Greater Toronto Area find themselves facing charges following a joint investigation between Canada and the U.S., regarding an alleged “fraudulent invoicing scheme.”

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The police, along with the FBI and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), were jointly responsible for the investigation that led to the charges being laid against the pair, according to an announcement from the OPP that was released on Tuesday night.

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OPP reports state that the investigation focused on a fraudulent invoicing scheme alleged to have occurred at the Canadian subsidiary of an American construction services firm.

The investigative focus since February 2020 has been on invoices deemed ‘false’, which were supposedly created for work that was never requested or completed.

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  • According to the OPP, parties involved in the scheme allegedly received payments from cheques intended to settle these fabricated invoices, leading to a loss surpassing $300,000 Cdn.

    Legal action has already been taken by American authorities who have charged a former accountant from the construction company.

    Peter Lavorato and Giovanni Imbesi, both 47-year-old Woodbridge residents, have been implicated and now face charges of fraud exceeding $5,000.

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