Toronto (July 14, 2020) – The Toronto police arrested one of their members, Constable Robert Konashewych, and a client representative with the Office of Public Guardian and Trustee, Adellene Karla Balgobin, on July 9 as a result of a fraud investigation. The police officer is accused of collecting an $800,000 payout after submitting a fraudulent will in which he was the beneficiary. Balgobin allegedly facilitated the fraud. Both suspects are facing fraud-related charges.
The Financial Crimes and Professional Standards Units of the Toronto police jointly conducted a fraud investigation that has resulted in the arrest of Constable Robert Konashwych (36) and an employee of the Office of Public Guardian and Trustee, Adellene Karla Balgobin (35), according to a police press release. Constable Konashewych is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $800,000 related to a matter of succession.
Submitting a fraudulent will and the filing of two affidavits in court
After a person passed away while under the care of the province’s Public Guardian and Trustee, police allege that Constable Konashewych came forward with a fraudulent will. He is also accused of filing a false affidavit with the courts, in which he claimed, he was the beneficiary of the will. Thereafter, in 2018, the Toronto police officer from Niagara received a payout of more than $800,000.
Balgobin was a senior client representative at the Office of Public Guardian and Trustee and worked on the file. Police alleged that Constable Konashewych and Balgobin knew each other before the alleged offenses took place and that she facilitated the fraud.
Constable Konashewych has been employed as an officer with the Toronto police since 2008. He worked out of the 52 Division. In 2019, he filed another alleged false affidavit during an unrelated family court proceeding. The police did not disclose how the deceased person and the 36-year-old officer were connected.
Fraud related charges laid
On July 9 of this year, Toronto police arrested Constable Konashewych and his alleged accomplice Balgobin. He has been charged with two counts of Fraud Over $5,000, Breach of Trust, and Obstructing Justice. Currently, he is suspended with pay.
Balgobin of Toronto is also facing two counts of Fraud Over $5,000 and Breach of Trust charges. Both are scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall in Toronto on August 6.
The police asked anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-2800, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.