Money trans­fer ser­vice owners wanted for fraud

Toronto Star - - GREATER TORONTO - AILEEN ZANGOUEI With files from Si­mone Joseph

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.

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