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A lawyer for the family of an Indigenous man found dead in a Thunder Bay, Ont., river argued Wednesday that a police officer at the centre of a disciplinary hearing should be fired for conducting an investigation that’s been declared negligent and tainted by racism and unconscious bias.
The second and final day of the Police Services Act hearing concluded with submissions on potential penalties for Staff Sgt. Shawn Harrison, ranging from a reduction in rank to being fired for his role in investigating the death of Stacey DeBungee.
A passerby spotted DeBungee, 41, in Thunder Bay’s McIntyre River on a morning in October 2015 and called police. Within a few hours — before an autopsy could be completed — the Thunder Bay Police Service put out a statement deeming the death non-suspicious. In a second statement the following morning, the force called the death “non-criminal.”
Police attributed DeBungee’s death — which occurred during a coroner’s inquest into how police had responded to the mostly river-related deaths of seven young Indigenous people — to accidental drowning while drunk.
“What followed is an investigation that has brought … injury to the friends and family of Mr. DeBungee, and has further strained an already problematic relationship between the Indigenous community in Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Police Service,” Asha James, a lawyer representing DeBungee’s brother, Brad DeBungee, argued Wednesday.
“You rebuild trust with the community by doing the right thing, taking a stand and saying we will not tolerate this behaviour in our ranks and this is not the type of officer we are interested in having as part of our service.”
In July, an adjudicator found Harrison guilty of neglect of duty and discreditable conduct in a 119-page decision that found the officer’s unconscious bias led him to conduct a grossly deficient investigation and fail to treat DeBungee’s death without discriminations.
“Staff Sgt. Harrison testified that he always held out that the matter could be suspicious in nature, but if there was truth to that assertion, his investigation would have reflected it,” adjudicator Greg Walton wrote in his decision.
“The resulting negligent investigation was so deficient that he should have been aware that his conduct was adversely affected by an unconscious bias.”
Harrison, who pleaded guilty to the charges, is seeking a demotion of rank and training to address unconscious bias.
“Unconscious bias affects most people. I would actually go further and say it affects everybody, and that’s exactly why it cannot be the basis for punishment,” David Butt, Harrison’s lawyer, argued at the hearing. “Deliberate or careless actions can be and that is what I have asked the punishment be based on.”
Butt further argued that Harrison should not be made a “fall guy” and dismissed because of the broader social context of Indigenous-police relations.
“He’s not responsible for that broader social context … that is an invitation to scapegoating,” Butt said.
The July decision noted that police took no video, photographs or measurements of the scene and gave no thought to securing the area until an autopsy had been done. It also said police took five months to contact the last person known to have been alone with DeBungee and detectives ignored a woman’s confession that she had been in a shoving match with him before he ended up in the river.
Officers were also unaware that DeBungee’s debit card was used after his death and they took no formal statements from anyone who was with DeBungee before his death, the decision said.
DeBungee, of the Rainy River First Nation, about 400 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, was previously described by his brother Brad as a “happy-go-lucky” and friendly guy who made people laugh.
In an effort to get at what happened, his family hired a private investigator who was able to piece together what the victim had done the day before his death and who he had been with, said a review released in 2018 by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.
The review noted police interviewed none of those people and refused to meet the investigator, which amounted to neglect of duty.
The adjudicator said a decision on what disciplinary action will be taken against Harrison won’t come before the end of the year.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2022.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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The ex-boyfriend of Elnaz Hajtamiri has been charged with kidnapping in her violent abduction from a home in Wasaga Beach earlier this year, Ontario Provincial Police say.
Mohamad Lilo of Brossard, Que. also faces charges of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping in connection with a prior assault on the 37-year-old woman in a Richmond Hill, Ont. parking garage on Dec. 21, when Hajtamiri was beaten with a frying pan.
Lilo was arrested Tuesday at a home in Brossard by Ontario Provincial Police and is being flown back to Ontario ahead of a court date on Wednesday, OPP spokesperson Bill Dickson told CBC News.
Philippe Grenier, Lilo’s lawyer, said the accused intends to plead not guilty.
In a statement to CBC News, Hajtamiri’s family thanked police for their work, saying they are hopeful the development will bring them one step closer to her.
“These past six months have been grueling and painful since her disappearance, as we’ve continued to search endlessly for her. We’ve been met with nothing but silence from the abductors, and not a trace has been found from our beautiful girl,” they said.
“We hope that the arrest of this suspect will bring us closer to finding her.”
Dickson called Tuesday’s arrest “a major step.”
“But this is not over,” he said. “The bottom line is we need to find Elnaz Hajtamiri, we need to find out what has happened to her. We owe that to her family, owe that to her community.”
Tuesday’s charges come approximately three months after two other men were charged in connection with the December assault.
They also come after CBC News reported in April that Lilo hired a private investigator to watch Hajtamiri prior to her abduction in January. He was subsequently charged with criminal harassment and released on bail.
Hajtamiri, who lives in the Toronto area, has been missing since she was forcibly taken by three men wearing police gear on the evening of Jan. 12. She was abducted from a home where she was staying with relatives in the popular tourist area at the foot of Georgian Bay, about a two-hour drive north of Toronto.
Ex-boyfriend was also business partner of Hajtamiri’s
As previously reported, sources have told CBC News Lilo is the former boyfriend of Hajtamiri, who also goes by the last name Tamiri, and that the two broke up last October.
Dickson told CBC News on Tuesday Lilo was also a former business partner of Hajtamiri, but said he had no further details of that relationship.
Hajtamiri, who was born in Iran, came to Canada in 2018 and found work in the import-export shipping industry, according to a news release from the family, but she had recently left her job to focus on building a cake-making business.
She has yet to be located.
Police say they continue to investigate and “anything is possible” in terms of further arrests or charges.
“Someone may still have that piece of information out there that could lead our investigators to find out where Elnaz is,” said Dickson.
Hajtamiri is described as five-feet, three-inches tall with a slim build and black hair that had been shoulder length until it was cut not long before she was abducted.
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Woman hires private detective, uncovers outstanding charges against ex-boyfriend from Waterloo region.
A man from Waterloo region in Ontario who was found guilty of scamming multiple women out of over a reported $150,000 some 15 years ago is once again facing fraud charges — after one of his former flames took the investigation into her own hands.
In 2006, Jivesh Jagota was dubbed the Online Casanova and convicted of defrauding a dozen local women, according to the Waterloo Region Record newspaper.
The crimes followed a similar pattern: Jagota would meet women on the dating site Plenty of Fish and reportedly bilk them out of thousands, often while pretending to be a lawyer, medical resident or university student, the newspaper said.
At the time, he was given a three-year sentence.
Today, Jagota is in legal hot water for allegedly defrauding a Woodstock woman of $6,800 in 2015.
Woodstock police confirmed they received a fraud report in April 2016 and arrested Jagota roughly six years later, in January 2022.
Why the long lag?
A woman named Anna, who dated Jagota between March 2019 and April 2020, says she pushed police to enforce the longstanding warrant after she hired a private investigator who discovered the outstanding charges against him. CBC News is keeping Anna’s full name confidential over safety concerns.
“I want him to be accountable,” she said.
Jagota’s lawyer, Nick Cake, told CBC his client “recently became aware” of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Jagota was “released from the station by the officer in charge after turning himself in,” Cake said in an email.
“The matter is actively moving through court and any comments about the facts alleged would not be appropriate at this time,” Cake said in an email.
None of the latest allegations have been proven in court.
A lawyer named ‘Jay’
Anna said she, too, was a victim of Jagota’s — though she knew him as a lawyer named Jay Singh. They connected on Plenty of Fish, met for coffee and immediately hit it off, she said.
“Things moved really quickly,” said Anna. “I think he told me he loved me probably the third date, and I believed him.”
While they were together, Anna said she gave him about $9,550, thinking he was using the money to build his legal practice, prepare his home for sale and buy her an engagement ring. She thought they were building a life together, she said.
But by January 2020, Anna realized something was up. They never spent long weekends or holidays together. When she searched the Law Society of Ontario website, she couldn’t find him.
By April, Anna called it quits. She told Jay, as he referred to himself, not to contact her except to pay the money back.
Still, she couldn’t let the situation go.
“He wasn’t just anybody to me — I had planned a life with this man,” she said.
“There was something saying, ‘You know what? There’s something more to this whole situation.'”
So Anna dug deeper. She hired a private investigator who looked up Jay’s phone number, which turned up an address and the last name Jagota.
When she Googled it — she found an old column in the University of Waterloo student newspaper that cited the Record’s 2006 reporting.
“[It] basically outlined a scam that that was similar to the one that that I had experienced,” she said.
‘We were duped’
Soon after, Anna found a profile on Plenty of Fish with a photo of her former boyfriend. But it wasn’t his profile – it was a warning telling other women not to date him.
Through that profile, she connected with other women who had all dated the same man they now believe was Jagota, but was using various identities. Two of them told CBC they met him on Plenty of Fish while he used the name Robert Rhio Singh.
Together, the group of women hired a second private investigator, who uncovered the outstanding warrant in Woodstock for the alleged 2015 fraud. Using social media, the women managed to figure out where Jagota was living and reported him to police in both Hamilton — where he was staying — and Woodstock, Anna said.
Asked about the situation, a Hamilton police spokesperson confirmed investigators in Woodstock asked for the service’s help with an outstanding warrant. They executed the warrant Jan. 5, 2022, the spokesperson said.
Civil action underway
Today, Anna has recovered some of the money she says she gave Jagota, but is suing to recover the rest he allegedly owes her.
Her statement of claim, filed April 9, 2021, said that after their breakup, Jagota sent Anna six money orders for a total of $4,098, but that she was still owed $5,473, plus bank withdrawal fees. She is also seeking damages.
In a statement of defence, Jagota said he only accepted a loan of $5,500 from Anna, which he has since paid back in full. The statement acknowledges Jagota and Anna did meet online and he used the name Jay Singh, but that this was for “profession[al] concerns over privacy.”
The statement of defence also says the relationship between Jagota and Anna was short-lived “without substantial long-term expectations on either side.”
CBC KW reached out to Joseph Kazubek, who is representing Jagota in the civil case involving Anna, for comment. He told CBC in an email their position is that Anna’s accusation is “inaccurate and meritless,” but declined to speak further at the moment.
Romance scams on the rise
Romance scams aren’t uncommon, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Between 2019 and 2021, the number of dollars lost to romance scams in Canada more than doubled — from nearly $26.2 million to $64.6 million. This year is on track to be even worse, with $17.8 million lost to romance scams in the first quarter.
Spokesperson Jeff Horncastle said these scams have always existed, but the internet has allowed them to flourish. He said many of the scams occur without any in-person meeting, based on “virtual” friendships.
“I think COVID played a big role as well, where people may have been looking for more companionship online,” said Horncastle, the centre’s acting communications and client outreach officer.
It’s much easier to prevent a scam from happening in the first place than it is to recoup your money after the fact, he said. When dating, he said:
Don’t share personal images online.
Don’t give money to or invest money with someone you’ve never met.
Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know.
Be careful who you share your images with — especially intimate photos.
As for Anna, she feels dating sites need to have better checks and balances. She also cautions women to research anyone they’ve met online — even after they’ve met in person.
Consider taking a look at their driver’s licence, and calling their work to ensure they’re really employed there, she said.
“It sounds harsh, but unfortunately, people can go online [and] pretend to be whoever you want them to be,” she said.
“Just be vigilant and stay safe, and protect your wallet and your heart.”
Source: Paula Duhatschek · CBC News · Posted: May 18, 2022 5:00 AM ET
Romance scams are quite common and appear to be on the rise. As a standard rule, never send money to strangers you meet online. And it should be an immediate red flag if a romantic interest begins to ask for financial assistance. That said, a Private Investigator can help in tracking down an alleged scammer if you been defrauded of finances. If you suspect or believe that you have fallen prey to a romance scam, reach out to the Investigative Team at Present Truth Investigations.
In the past, we have reported on the potential security threat that Bluetooth trackers like Apple AirTags can pose to the everyday citizen. Recently, the Toronto Police Service has publicly warned the community about how criminals are using these pieces of tech, to track, follow and steal your assets. As new technologies emerge, there are always criminal elements who seek to exploit and use new tech to enhance their criminal enterprise.
How You Can Protect Yourself
Because many of these devices are quite small, it makes it difficult to detect them with the naked eye or sometimes even with a device. However, there are steps that one can take to enhance personal safety. Below are some steps that you can take to detect a Bluetooth tracking device.
Familiarize yourself with your device. Android devices may soon integrate a way to detect popular Bluetooth trackers. And iOS devices offer a solution to detect non-Apple trackers.
Contact your device manufacturer and ask if they can direct you to new solutions to detect Bluetooth trackers.
Download recommended Apps and vetted software designed to detect when a Bluetooth tracker is near.
Inspect potential hiding spots on your vehicle, such as the gas cap housing, wheel wells, bumpers etc. Remember, some of these trackers are magnetic and can be also attached to the chassis.
Contact the local police service if you have evidence that you are being tracked. Do not touch the tracker; as there may be fingerprints on it.
Install a front and rear dash-cam that is motion activated or one that records continuously. It may be possible that an image of the criminal could be caught on the car surveillance system.
If you suspect that you are being tracked, head to the nearest police station parking lot and make contact with the police.
Use a Club or a similar anti-theft deterrent on you vehicle to slowdown and/or deter a theft.
Ensure that your vehicle is monitored under a quality surveillance camera when parked at your residence.
Check your bags for any unknown trackers which may have been placed into them at some point in a public setting.
The Final Verdict
It is recommended that your local police service be contacted should you have strong evidence that you are being tracked or if you believe that you are being stalked and/or followed. That said, sometimes these situations may be harder to prove and less likely to be followed upon by the police. This is where a Private Investigator could assist. An investigator would be able to spend more time to investigate suspected tracking and conduct counter-surveillance, which could assist the police in a criminal investigation. Should you presently have concerns that you are being tracked but require additional assistance and recommendations, do not hesitate to reach out to an Investigative Specialist at Present Truth Investigations. We take each alleged tracking concern seriously and will do our utmost to detect and deter found threats.