Project Briscola, Total of 12 arrested facing 96 charges

Toronto, Ontario – On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, members of the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the RCMP’s Integrated Marketing Enforcement Team, announced details of Project Briscola.

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It is alleged that:

  • since 2014, the accused have been fraudulently obtaining cash from leasing companies
  • using inflated financial statements, they applied for leases claiming to be representatives for companies in need of equipment
  • they would also claim to represent the equipment company and provided quotes for high-priced equipment
  • the leasing companies would provide a lump sum payment for these orders
  • equipment that was of low value, or no equipment at all, was provided
  • the accused would stop payments to the leasing companies

It is further alleged that 16 leases were fraudulently obtained by these means, representing a total loss of $11 million to victims.

Over the last several weeks, search warrants have been executed in the following areas:

1. Elgin Drive/McLaughlin Road South, Brampton
2. Islington Avenue/Major Mackenzie Drive West, Vaughan
3. 14th Avenue/Woodbine Avenue, Markham
4. Main Street North/Guelph Street, Georgetown
5. Lake Shore Boulevard West/Louisa Street, Toronto
6. Renfrew Drive/Hooper Road, Markham

With the cooperation of the RCMP, the following people have been arrested and charged:

1. Faisal Iqbal Qureshi, 42, of Richmond Hill:

a) 14 counts of Fraud Over $5,000
b) Participate in a Criminal Organization

 Faisal Iqbal Qureshi, 42, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization
Faisal Iqbal Qureshi, 42, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization

2. Giuseppe Gatti, 48, of Ajax:

a) 14 counts of Fraud Over $5,000
b) Participate in a Criminal Organization

 Giuseppe Gatti, 48, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization

 Giuseppe Gatti, 48, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization
Giuseppe Gatti, 48, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization

3. Taragh Bracken, 47, of Whitby:

a) 14 counts of Fraud Over $5,000

4. Darrell Shulman, 49, of Thornhill:

a) 14 counts of Fraud Over $5,000
b) Participate in a Criminal Organization

Darrell Shulman, 49, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization
Darrell Shulman, 49, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization

5. Mary Sophie Kaloczi, 35, of Georgetown:

a) 14 counts of Fraud Over $5,000
b) Participate in a Criminal Organization

Mary Sophie Kaloczi, 35, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization
Mary Sophie Kaloczi, 35, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization

6. Maurizio Adiletta, 53, of Brampton:

a) 14 counts of Fraud Over $5,000
b) Participate in a Criminal Organization

Maurizio Adiletta, 53, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization
Maurizio Adiletta, 53, charged with Participate in a Criminal Organization

7. Pino “Frank” Guido, 53, of Kleinburg:

a) Fraud Over $5,000
b) Possession of Proceeds of Crime

8. Eric Thomas, 57, of Mississauga:

a) Fraud Over $5,000

9. Sanjeev Mannan, 48, of Locust Hill:

a) Fraud Over $5,000

10. Laura Tolosa, 37, of Toronto:

a) Fraud Over $5,000

11. Cosimo Commisso, 72, of Vaughan:

a) Possession of Proceeds of Crime

12. Ravinder Bedi, 54, of Brampton:

a) Fraud Over $5,000

All of the accused are scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9 a.m.

Project Briscola could not have been possible without the cooperation of local, national and international partners. The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following:

RCMP’s Integrated Marketing Enforcement Team
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Houston, Texas Field Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Jacksonville, Florida Field Office
State Bureau of Investigation, Texas
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Canada Border Services Agency
Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (fintrac)
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (fincen – U.S. Department of the Treasury)
Ministry of Finance
Canada Revenue Agency
BMO – Forensic Intelligence Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rick Ramjattan at 416-808-7825 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Toronto Police Service
RCMP Canada


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