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Law Suit Against Canadian Telemarketers


The following pages outline a Canadian law suit against a telemarketing operation from Quebec which used various but common techniques to defraud its predominantly elderly victims from other provinces. Examples include the 1 of 5 Prizes, Advance Fee Sweeps, Reloading and Recovery Scams.

It reads like a mystery novel once you start seeing how the law firm untangles the multitude of intertwined players and corporate entities.

Sadly, the case was apparently lost by default due to a late filing of the amended claim after a motions judge ordered a revamp.



VERSION 26 Court File No.

ONTARIO COURT (GENERAL DIVISION)

BETWEEN:

ELSA HORVATH, JOAN CAPUTI, FREDERICK RAINE, NELLIE POLLARD, JOSEPH BALAZOVIC, NORMA BLUNDELL, KATHLEEN SOMERVILLE, GORDON TAYLOR, MARY GIBBONS, MICHAL RABKO, RUTH IRVING, LORNE BESTWARD, GIOVANNA IMBESI, ELAINE WILCOX, RICHARD CONNELLY, RAJESH KALRA, ED DENMAN, JUSTINA REGUSH, NICOLA TERLIZZI, GUNDRUN DUNLOP, ILENE DEARING, PAULETTE FOURNIER, HUGH McCREADIE, CONSTANCE (CONNIE) GOLDNEY, HILTRUD REINEKE, ESTATE OF FLORENCE WRAY, JOHN STIRLING, HAZEL LINDNER, MARION JOAN POLSON, HARRY AND JEAN MISKEW,

Plaintiffs

- and -

MYRON SHRYBMAN, M. BAZID, SUSAN COHEN-FREEDMAN, JOSEPH WARASH, GEORGE WARASH, MORRIS WEINSTEIN, PETER TRODJMAN, RONALD SHEAR a.k.a. RONNIE SHEAR, STEVEN SHEAR, HELENE FISHMAN, BERNIE KARACHINSKY a.k.a. BERNIE KAY a.k.a. BERNARD KARACHINSKY, MICHAEL JOHNSON, CARRIE SIMON a.k.a. CARRIE FINKELSTEIN a.k.a. CARRI SIMON, CHRISTINE SHAW, LENN GOMES, MARC ANDRE BLOUIN, 9045-7698 QUEBEC INC. c.o.b. COLUMBIA GROUP, CANADIAN HOUSEHOLD DISTRIBUTION, 2547-8918 QUEBEC INC., LEONARDO AMARI a.k.a. LEONARD AMARI, LUIGI AMARI, STEFANIA AMARI, 9053-9305 QUEBEC INC. c.o.b. I.S.P. INC a.k.a. ISP a.k.a. I.S.P., 9051-1254 QUEBEC INC. c.o.b. SHOPPERS IMPORT GROUP, STEVEN SHELTON, SEWERYN KRYK, MARC GREGWELL, DAVID ROST, AARON MIZRAHI, HERWIG RADLGRUBER a.k.a. HERWIG RADLEGRUBER, TED GROSSBAUM, 9049-9526 QUEBEC INC. c.o.b. THE CONSUMER GROUP, RICHARD NARIK, ANDRES TOUSIGNANT, THOMAS ALTENBURG a.k.a. TOM ALTENBURG, KIMBERLY DUPIGNY, SHELDON CAPLAN, DINO DEL GROSSO, ASCENZA MANCINI, MARIO DEL GROSSO, IAN HERMAN, MARK ANTHONY BABIERRI, HELEN SARTY, YVETTE ARSENAULT, EYAL ARTZY, PAMELA ANNE GORDON, LISA GOLDENBERG KARP a.k.a. LISA GOLDENBERG a.k.a. LISA KARP, DAWN PAMELA BLAKE, CATHY MOORE, VICTOR DANCHAK, CATHY WILSON, BERNARD FISHMAN, SANDRA STOBER a.k.a. SANDRA STOBER FISHMAN, MICHAEL JERRY GRANOFSKY a.k.a. M.J. GRANOFSKI a.k.a. MICHAEL GRANOVSKY, R. DERY, NATHALIE DUDRAGNE, DANIELE SMITH, JACQUES DAGENAIS, PIERRE SAVIGNY, LUC PHILIPPE McCUISTON, ELIAS BAKOMICHALIS, 9049-4824 QUEBEC INC. c.o.b. TRIPLE CROWN INDUSTRIES/LES INDUSTRIES TRIPLE CROWN, 9049-4545 QUEBEC INC. c.o.b. EAST COAST TRADING/COMMERCE COTE EST, DAWN CARPENTER, GABOR KOVACS,

Defendants

STATEMENT OF CLAIM

TO THE DEFENDANTS

A LEGAL PROCEEDING HAS BEEN COMMENCED AGAINST YOU by the Plaintiffs. The claim made against you is set out in the following pages. IF YOU WISH TO DEFEND THIS PROCEEDING, you or an Ontario lawyer acting for you must prepare a Statement of Defence in Form 18A prescribed by the Rules of Civil Procedure, serve it on the Plaintiffs’ lawyer, or where the Plaintiffs do not have a lawyer, serve it on the Plaintiffs, and file it, with proof of service, in this Court office, WITHIN TWENTY DAYS after this Statement of Claim is served on you, if you are served in Ontario.

If you are served in another province or territory of Canada or in the United States of America, the period for serving and filing your Statement of Defence is forty days. If you are served outside Canada and the United States of America, the period is sixty days. Instead of serving and filing a Statement of Defence, you may serve and file a Notice of Intent to Defend in Form 18B prescribed by the Rules of Civil Procedures. This will entitle you to ten more days within which to serve and file your Statement of Defence.

IF YOU FAIL TO DEFEND THIS PROCEEDING, JUDGMENT MAY BE GIVEN AGAINST YOU IN YOUR ABSENCE AND WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE TO YOU. If you wish to defend this proceeding but are unable to pay legal fees, legal aid may be available to you by contacting a local Legal Aid office.

Date: March , 1999

Address of Court Office:
393 University Avenue, 10th floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1E6

TO:

Myron Shrybman
1600 Merivale Road
Nepean, Ontario K2G 5J8
AND AT
55 Metcalfe, Ste. 750
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L5
AND AT
6588 Kildare Road
Cote St-Luc, QC H4W 1B5
M. Bazid
7058 Stoneywood Way
Mississauga, Ontario
Susan Cohen-Freedman
650 Carlton Avenue
Westmount, QC
Joseph Warash
3040 Levesque Blvd W.
Chomedy, QC H7V 1C3
George Warash
c/o Joseph Warash
712-3040 Levesque Blvd W, Chomedy, QC, H7V IC3
Peter Trodjman
{At large, address unknown}
Morris Weinstein
6505 Cote St Luc
Montreal, QC
AND AT
4875 Durrein, Ste 511
Montreal, QC
Ronald Shear
AKA Ronnie Shear
205 Montpelier
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9G 3A3
Steven Shear
205 Montpelier
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9G 3A3
Helene Fishman
205 Montpelier
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9G 3A3
Bernie Karachinsky AKA Bernard Karachinsky AKA Bernie Kay
75 Chatillion Drive
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9B 1R4
AND AT
c/o Action Enterprises
3285 Cavendish Boulevard, Suite 481
Montreal, QC, H4P 2L9
Michael Johnson
c/o Action Enterprises
3285 Cavendish Boulevard, Suite 481
Montreal, QC, H4P 2L9
Carrie Simon AKA
Carrie Finkelstein AKA Carri Simon
175 Poplar
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9A 2A5.
Christine Shaw
175 Poplar
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9A 2A5.
AND AT
East Coast Trading/ Commerce Cote Est
4150 Sherbrooke West, third floor
Montreal, QC H3Z 1C2
Lenn Gomes
c/o Leonard Basil Gomes
7414 A. Blvd Provencher
Montreal, QC H1S 2V8
Marc Andre Blouin
2300 Mullins St.
Pt. St. Charles, QC
H3K 1P1 AND AT
207 8th Ave
Ille Perot, QC
AND AT
c/o Millenium One/Second Glance {Detox Ctr.} Co-Op
394 Chemin Des 14 Iles
St-Hippolyte, QC
JOR 1P0
9045-7698 Quebec Inc cob Columbia Group,
Canadian Household Distribution, Columbia
615 Rene Levesque Blvd West, Suite 620
Montreal, QC
AND AT
77 Rue Maisonnueve (c/o Herwig Radlgruber)
Montreal, QC
H3A-1L8
2547-8918 Quebec Inc.
c/o CP St. Mathieu
2570 Jean Talon East
Montreal, Quebec H2A-1T9
Leonardo Amari AKA Leonard Amari
22 Rue Surrey
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9B-1G3
Luigi and Stefania Amari
22 Rue Surrey
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
H9B 1G3
9053-9305 Quebec Inc.
cob I.S.P. Inc.
9053-9305 Quebec Inc.
cob I.S.P. Inc.
AKA "I S P"
9051-1254 Quebec Inc.
cob "Shoppers Import Group"
1434 St. Catherines West, Suite 420
Montreal, QC H3G 1R4
Steven Shelton
140 Garden Crescent, Apt. 16
Dorval, QC H9S 3G5
Seweryn Kryk
182 Rue Dupras
Lasalle, QC H8R 2S3
Marc Gregwell
{At large, address unknown}
David Rost
{At large, address unknown}
Aaron Mizrahi
197 Carre Andre Ouellet
Boisbriand, QC J7E 4H4
Herwig Radlgruber AKA Herwig Radlegruber
President/Administrator of 9049-9526, 9031-6159, 9045-7698 Quebec Inc.
Montreal, QC
ALSO AS/AT
President / Delta International
President of Montreal Interactive Communications
577 Rue Maissoneuve
Laval, QC H7X1N6
Ted Grossbaum
3615 Decarie Blvd #200
Montreal, QC
H4A 3J5
9049-9526 Quebec Inc.
c.o.b. The Consumer Group
5250 Decarie, #410
Montreal, QC H3X 2H9
Richard Narik
924 Dillncon, Laval, QC
H2T 1A8
Andres Tousignant
3756 Henri Bourassa
Montreal North, QC
H1H 1K2
Thomas Altenburg AKA Tom Altenburg
c/o Delta International
8600 Decarie Suite 102
Montreal, QC, H4P 2N2
AND AT
4998 Maisonneuve, Apt 920
Montreal, QC H3Z 1N2
Kimberly Dupigny
2125 St. Marc #605
Montreal, QC H3H 2G8
Sheldon Caplan
Re: Lighthouse Direct International
Re: Canadian Business Supplies
264 Autumn
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC
GOX 2R0
Dino Del Grosso
c/o Ascenza Mancini
126 Ivan Stockwell,
Pt. Claire QC
ALSO AT
c/o Antonio Del Grosso
33 Rue Cadillac
Kirkland, QC H9H 4E5
Ascenza Mancini
126 Ivan Stockwell
Pt. Claire, QC
Mario Del Grosso
{At large, address unknown}
AND AT
c/o P. Del Grosso
12114 Charles Dionne
Montreal, QC
Ian Herman
4645 Bourret Avenue
Montreal, QC
H3W 1K9
Marc Anthony Babierri
{At large, address unknown}
Helene Sarty
RR 6 Stn. Main
Bridgewater, NS B4V 2W5
Yvette Arsenault
(Director, 9044-1033 Que. Inc. cob Cap Can Trading)
1051 Rue Notre Dame
St.Alphonese-Rodriguez, QC JOK 1WO
Eyal Artzy
c/o D. Artzy Insurance
3300 Cavendish Blvd.
Montreal, QC H4B 2M8
Pamela Anne Gordon
2125 St. Marc #1416
Montreal, QC H3H 2P1
Lisa Goldenberg Karp AKA Lisa Goldenberg AKA Lisa Karp
5740 Rembrandt #104
Cote St. Luc, QC H4W 2Z2
Dawn Pamela Blake
1767 Egan
Montreal, QC H4E 2J6
Cathy Moore
628 – 39th Avenue
Lachine, QC H8T 2E1
Victor Danchak
976 Rive Boisee
Pierrefonds, QC H8Z 2Y7
Cathy Wilson
976 Rive Boisee
Pierrefonds, QC H8Z 2Y7
Bernard Fishman
205 Montpellier
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 3A3
Sandra Stober AKA Sandra Stober Fishman
205 Montpellier
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 3A3
Michael Jerry Granofsky AKA M.J. Granofski AKA Michael Granovsky
Ste. 111, 384 Rue St. Jacques West
Montreal, QC
R. Dery
134 Balfour
Town of Mount Royale, QC
Nathalie Dudragne
Director, Second Glance Cooperative
394 Ch Des 14 Iles
St-Hippolyte, QC
Daniele Smith
Director, Second Glance Cooperative
52 Ch Du Lac Bertrand
St-Hippolyte, QC
Jacques Dagenais
Director, Second Glance Cooperative
52 Ch Du Lac Bertrand
St-Hippolyte, QC
Pierre Savigny
3822 St. Denis
Montreal, QC
Luc Philippe McCuiston
{At large, address unknown}
Elias Bakomichalis
{At large, address unknown}
Gabor Kovacs
Last known address:
245 Victoria Apt 310,
Westmount, PQ
9049-4824 Quebec Inc
cob Triple Crown Industries/Les Industries Triple Crown
4150 Sherbrooke West, third floor
Montreal, QC H3Z 1C2
9049-4545 Quebec Inc
cob East Coast Trading/Commerce Cote Est
4150 Sherbrooke West, third floor
Montreal, QC H3Z 1C2
Dawn Carpenter
c/o Sunflower Inc.
(Last known address)
4999 St. Catherine West #311
Westmount, PQ H3Z 1N2

CLAIM

The Plaintiffs claims against all the Defendants, or any one of them, as follows:

Damages in the amount of $150,000 for each Plaintiff for breaches of the Competition Act, R.S.C. 1985 C.c-34, for infliction of economic injury by unlawful means, fraud, conspiracy to defraud, and deceit;

Additional damages in the amount of $200,000 for each Plaintiff for the affliction of emotional distress, inconvenience, and consequential economic hardship;

In the alternative, restitution of the full amount of monies received by any of the Defendants from each Plaintiff;

In the further alternative, damages for misrepresentation for each Plaintiff in the amounts paid by each Plaintiff to the Defendants;

In the further alternative, damages for conspiracy to defraud and for fraud in the amount of $150,000 for each Plaintiff.

In the further alternative, rescission of any contracts between the Plaintiffs and Defendants, and repayment of all monies remitted in relation thereto;

Punitive, exemplary or aggravated damages in the amount of $30,000 for each Plaintiff;

Prejudgment interest pursuant to the provisions of the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.43 for each Plaintiff;

An order directing the Defendants to fund a charitable organization for the elderly in the amount of $100,000;

Costs of this action on a solicitor and client basis; and

Such further and other relief as to this Honourable Court is just.


The Plaintiffs  ( Victims - the promises made and the money lost )


The Defendants ( An inside look at the deceptive subterfuges used )


The Law

The Plaintiffs rely on the provisions of the Competition Act, R.S.C- 1985, C-34 relating to prize scams, and in particular s. 52 to s. 59, and s. 36. In the event that the Plaintiffs’ damages need to be further clarified, the Plaintiffs will provide details prior to trial.

In the alternative, the Plaintiffs are entitled to rescind their contracts with the Syndicate on the grounds that the Syndicate have violated provisions of the Business Practices Act, R.S.O. 1990, and similar statutes of other provinces.

By reason of the Syndicate’s conduct as set out above, the Syndicate have been unjustly enriched at the expense and to the detriment of the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs claim restitution in this amount.

The Statement of Claim is being served on the Syndicate who do not reside in Ontario because it is in respect of damages arising from torts committed primarily in Ontario, damages sustained primarily in Ontario from a tort or breach wherever committed, and that all the Syndicate are proper parties to these proceedings.

The Plaintiffs plead that witnesses and police databases necessary to these proceedings reside in, or are located in Ontario.

The Plaintiffs plead that they have joined together as Plaintiffs in this singular case because of the economic reasons and that they would not otherwise be able to afford to sustain individual lawsuits, and further, in the interest of justice.

The Plaintiffs propose that this action be tried by a jury at Toronto, Ontario.

DATED: March 7, 1999

PAULOS LUIZOS
Barrister & Solicitor
500 Danforth Avenue, Suite 312
Toronto, Ontario
M4K 1P6
Tel (416) 778-5778
Fax (416) 778-4611

Solicitor for the Plaintiff

HORVATH -AND- SHRYBMAN

(Short Title of Proceedings)
ONTARIO COURT (GENERAL DIVISION)
Proceeding commenced at Toronto

STATEMENT OF CLAIM

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