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.