July 24, 2024

Mississauga homeowners were duped into contracting a firm due to its reputable name, only to discover that the company was not who they thought it was. This led to a series of unusual occurrences, culminating in one of the homeowners getting arrested.

Jun Shu, the homeowner who spent six hours in jail, told CTV News the deception was so sophisticated that it went as far as producing polished business cards that mimicked Royal Town Construction, a well-established company.

Shu commented on the unfortunate situation, calling it entirely unique in his six-decade life span.

Shu recalls that on May 14, a paving contractor showed up uninvited and pitched a deal to his wife to refinish their driveway. Before Shu could decide, the firm began digging.

However, when Shu and his neighbors complained to Royal Town Construction about the unsolicited work, they were taken aback as the well-established Woodbridge-based company had no clue about what they were talking about.

Kosta Alexopoulous, one of the supervisors at Royal Town Construction, reported multiple unwarranted complaints on alleged work being executed by their firm.

Alexopoulous quickly realized that fraudsters were impersonating their brand as they discovered people doing unsolicited paving jobs in Mississauga who promptly fled when confronted.

Shu contacted the Peel Regional Police regarding the fraudulent group and to report about the tools and machinery they left behind. Shu harboured the pavement roller at his house with hopes of using it as leverage to refinish his driveway.

A few days later, the police returned alongside an individual who claimed to be from the paving company demanding the roller’s return. Shu found himself handcuffed and arrested for “possession of stolen property.”

Shu spent six hours in custody until he agreed to return the roller. He felt strong-armed as the officers disregarded his health issues and pressed him to relinquish the equipment.

The Peel Regional Police confirmed a paving firm’s complaint but said they were still investigating the situation.

The police spokesman informed that the police only got involved due to Shu’s unwillingness to return the machinery. Upon agreeing to return the roller, no charges were brought forth and Shu was released.

The false paving company’s contact info was unreachable when CTV News attempted to reach out. Nevertheless, Alexopoulous asserted that their impersonators indeed chose a good brand name to hijack.

He urged customers to stay cautious and ensure their contractor’s legitimacy by reaching out to Royal Town Construction’s office before signing any agreements.

Despite the ordeal, Shu plans on genuinely contracting Royal Town Construction to fix his driveway.