Money transfer service owners wanted for fraud
Two operators of a Thornhill money transfer service have had a Canada-wide warrant issued against them over several alleged frauds, totalling more than $300,000.
In January, York Regional Police began an investigation into the company, Mabini Express, a money transfer service that was located at the Promenade shopping centre. The investigation began after police received a report from a victim.
Delia Doria visited Mabini Express Jan. 5 to send $1,000 to her unemployed brother in the Philippines. According to her, she wanted her brother to buy a motorcycle and turn it into a business offering rides.
Doria’s brother never received the money.
Michelle Lucas helped her parents, who live in Concord, with their case after they tried to send $10,000 to the Philippines Jan. 6.
Maria Pilatan, of Markham, wanted to send $3,000 to Phil- ippine National Bank Jan. 3 for her sister, but the money never arrived. Pilatan said she used to be friendly with the Mabini owners, but found, since it closed Jan. 14, they no longer responded to texts.
York police began receiving additional reports and found a total of 36 victims who say they lost a combined total of more than $300,000.
Jesus Mallari, 66, and Teresita Mallari, 69, of Toronto, have a Canada-wide warrant for their arrest on charges of fraud over $5,000 and four counts each of uttering forged document and forgery.
Investigators have exhausted all leads and are appealing to the public for assistance in locating the suspects.
Anyone with information on the location of the suspects is asked to contact investigators with the York Regional Police Financial Crimes Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6612, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.