More than 120 people from the Greater Toronto Area’s Chinese community have likely lost nearly $9 million in syndicated mortgage investments after loaning money to a convicted fraudster.
Dominic Ha, a registered mortgage agent, presented an investment seminar advertising a 12 per cent interest on a short-term loan. The loan would be a part of a syndicated mortgage, which is when a borrower finds more than one private lender to invest money in a property instead of going to a bank.
In this case, the borrower was Black Bear Homes, a developer in Fort Erie, Ont.
After examining Black Bear’s syndicated mortgage contracts, ledgers and investors stories, Bill Vasiliou, a certified fraud examiner, said, “this is open fraud.”
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