Toronto resident charged with bankruptcy fraud and six charges of false credit

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The Integrated Bankruptcy Enforcement Unit, comprised of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB), has charged a Scarborough resident with offences related to her 2015 bankruptcy.

Umathevy Catherine Ranjith, age 61, will appear at Ontario Court of Justice – Old City Hall, Toronto on January 26, 2018 to face one (1) charge of Fraud over $5000 and six (6) charges of Obtaining Credit by False Pretence contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The bankruptcy system is intended to afford a fresh start for the honest but unfortunate debtor. However, there are instances where individuals abuse the system by failing to comply with their regulatory duties under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act and/or engaging in fraudulent activities contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. Offenders are identified by the OSB detection programs or through complaints from creditors, trustees or the general public.

Since January 2014, the Integrated Bankruptcy Enforcement Unit has charged 43 individuals and four corporations with 181 offences under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and 137 offences under the Criminal Code encompassing liabilities of approximately $109 million.

Should members of the public have any information related to bankruptcy fraud schemes they are urged to contact either the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy at 1-877-376-9902 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.