Edmonton, Alberta – A male wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant has been returned to Canada, and is facing charges in Alberta for theft of over $2.6 million from a business in Acheson, Alta.
A lengthy and complex investigation launched in 2015 by the RCMP Financial Crime Unit resulted in charges of Fraud over $5,000 and Theft over $5,000 against Francis Emanuel Mella (59) of Spruce Grove, Alta.
It is alleged that from 2003 through 2014 he was the Financial Controller for a business and made multiple fraudulent transactions over that time. Mella’s trial was set for April 2019 and in March, 2019 Mella failed to attend a court appearance. It was believed that he fled Canada and a Canada Wide Warrant was issued for his arrest.
On April 28, 2020, Mella was arrested in Belize on unrelated matters and investigators in Canada were alerted. Several different units and agencies including Interpol Ottawa and Interpol Belmopan, Alberta Specialized Prosecutions and Immigration Customs and Enforcement Division became engaged in the return of Mella to Canada.
On May 6, 2020 Mella was returned to Canada via Toronto. A bail hearing was held by way of telephone on May 8 and Mella was remanded in custody.
RCMP Financial Crimes
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