Former executive director of Hamilton Sikh society under investigation for fraud and forgery

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Hamilton (November 18, 2019) – Hamilton Police are investigating the former executive director of the Sikh Society of Hamilton-Wentworth, Jatinder Labana, for fraud and forgery. The investigation started in August 2019 following complaints about financial mismanagement at the organization. As a result, Labana was arrested and charged with fraud, theft, and forgery on November 12. He is alleged of conducting fraud related offenses concerning the Sikh society between January 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019. The investigation is still ongoing.

After receiving complaints about financial mismanagement, fraud, and theft at the Sikh Society of Hamilton-Wentworth in August of this year, the Hamilton Police Service Major Fraud Branch started an investigation. On November 15, they announced in a statement that fraud related offenses concerning the local Sikh society occurred between January 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

As a consequence, Hamilton police arrested Jatinder Labana, the former executive director of the organization on November 12. The 55-year-old from Glanbrook has been charged with fraud over $5,000, making forged documents, theft over $5,000, theft of mail, and theft by a person required to report.

According to the police, Labana is not working for the Sikh society anymore. Additionally, he is ordered not to communicate with witnesses or to attend the Gursikh Temple in Hamilton since the investigation is ongoing. ‘The Hamilton Police are committed to assisting members of the Sikh community in understanding the financial implications of this Board Member’s actions and any other involved persons,’ the police offered in their statement.

Labana is scheduled to appear in the John Sopinka Courthouse on December 17. Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to contact Detective Rob Mayea of the Major Fraud Branch by calling 905-546-4521 or his Major Case Manager D/Sgt. Greg Doerr at 905 546-3841. Or on a confidential basis, anyone who has information related to this investigation may contact D. Slenys of Investigation Counsel PC at .