Toronto police investigate and search for an outstanding suspect in gold fraud scheme

During September 2011, the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit, Organized Crime Enforcement Section, conducted an investigation into a fraud scheme operating in the GTA. 

It is alleged that:

– the scheme revolved around fraudulent transfers of funds from one business account to another business account

– the funds were then utilized, by way of money transfers, to purchase gold bullion from a local precious-metal dealer

– the accused were successful in obtaining 9 kgs. of gold bullion, valued at approximately $528,000

– the accused attempted, but were unsuccessful, at purchasing an additional $680,000 worth of gold.

On Monday, October 3, 2011, the following men were arrested:

– Oleksandr Boguslavskyi, 46, of Toronto
– Igor Muraru, 50, of Toronto
– Henry Blouin, 64, of Mississauga

On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, the following man was arrested:

– Alex Gopkalo, 41, of Thornhill

The four men each face:

1) Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence,
2) Fraud over ($5,000)

The Financial Crimes Unit is requesting the public’s assistance identifying an outstanding suspect.

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