Calgary Police arrested Bogale September 1 on a warrant from Service Alberta for charges of criminal fraud and theft over $5,000. He was released on bail September 3 with the conditions that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour, report to a probation officer, and not leave Alberta unless he receives permission by the court. None of the charges have been proven in court.
Bogale allegedly targets elderly homeowners, offering upgrades and renovations, including flooring, countertops and painting. He has operated under several names, including Universal Property Solutions Inc.; Universal Interiors; Crowchild Upholstery, Drapery & Flooring; Elegant Designs; Granite Express; Global Developments & Holding Inc.; and Global Interiors.
Bogale was initially charged in November 2009 with 24 violations of the Fair Trading Act, including operating without a prepaid contractor licence, using a contract that does not comply with provincial regulations, failing to provide a refund after a consumer cancels a contract, and grossly overcharging for services.
The government released a consumer alert about Bogale in January. Complaints continued and additional charges were laid, including those for fraud and theft. He is scheduled to appear in Calgary provincial court on September 27.
Contractors who take money up front and negotiate a job away from a normal place of business must be licensed as a prepaid contractor with the Alberta government and post a security. Contracts must contain information such as the name and phone number of the contractor, itemized prices of goods and services, the completion date and a statement of consumers’ cancellation rights.