OPP – Cobourg Woman Among Nine Charged Associated to a Private Career College in York Region

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Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged nine individuals following a lengthy investigation into allegations of fraud.

In 2017 the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch commenced an investigation into the practices of Royal Institute of Science and Management (RISM), a private career college operating out of Markham, Ontario, and RISM personnel.

The investigation revealed that for a period of six years, the owners and employees of RISM recruited students to apply to the Ontario Government Second Career Funding Program, offered by the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development.

The Second Career Funding Program is designed for unemployed workers to obtain new skills, in certain fields, and the financial support for reintegration back into the work force. Funding, up to $28,000.00, is offered to eligible individuals to pay for tuition, books, instructional costs and the cost of living expenses.

After having attained the Second Career funding, students in turn paid money to RISM in the form of tuition. Students subsequently received a diploma of course completion, without having attended classes or acquiring the prescribed training. RISM also provided fraudulent documentation to the Ministry and regulatory bodies having oversight of the associated programs.

The OPP Anti-Rackets Branch with assistance from Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Ministry of College and Universities and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, has charged the following eight employees and one former student:
Wei (Raymond) XU, 58 years of age, of Richmond Hill, Ontario
Instructing Commission of Offence for Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.13 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Xue (Sherry) HANG, 51 years of age, of Richmond Hill, Ontario
Instructing Commission of Offence for Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.13 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Forgery contrary to section 366(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Trafficking in Forged Document contrary to section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Perjury contrary to section 131(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Ye (Parker) LIU, 54 years of age, of Markham, Ontario
Forgery contrary to section 366(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Trafficking in Forged Document contrary to section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Participation in Activities of Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.11 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Michael OSTROFF, 73 years of age, of Etobicoke, Ontario
Forgery contrary to section 366(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Trafficking in Forged Document contrary to section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Participation in Activities of Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.11 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Obstruct Justice contrary to section 139 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Octavian Calin LUCACIU, 54 years of age, of Oakville, Ontario
Forgery contrary to section 366(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Trafficking in Forged Document contrary to section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Participation in Activities of Criminal Organization contrary to sect ion 467.11 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Ming-ya (Kathy) KENNEDY, 56 years of age, of Cobourg, Ontario
Forgery contrary to section 366(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Trafficking in Forged Document contrary to section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Participation in Activities of Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.11 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a)of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Jing (Mary) BIAN, 34 years of age, of Thornhill, Ontario
Participation in Activities of Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.11 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a)of the Criminal Code of Canada

Jue (Judy) LI, 37 years of age, of Richmond Hill, Ontario
Participation in Activities of Criminal Organization contrary to section 467.11 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada

Deguang (Derek) CHEN, 56 years of age, of Toronto, Ontario
For gery contrary to section 366(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Trafficking in Forged Document contrary to section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
Fraud Over $5000, contrary to section 380 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket, Ontario on January 14, 2021.

The OPP will not comment further in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the court process.

Anyone with information should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Pete Fisher
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