Toronto - The Toronto Strategic Partnership has charged Joseph Paul, 47 of Toronto for allegedly operating a lottery/inheritance scam targeting U.S. citizens.

The Toronto Strategic Partnership is a multi−law enforcement agency, formed in response to ever−increasing cross−border Mass Fraudulent Marketing Schemes. The Partnership consists of, Ministry of Government Services, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Toronto Police Service Fraud Massmarketing Unit, Ontario Provincial Police Anti−Rackets, Phonebusters, RCMP−GTA Commercial Crime Section, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Service, and the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, working out of Toronto Police Service Headquarters at 40 College Street.

It is alleged that:

− the accused contacted citizens in the United States, by phone, advising them that they had either won a lottery or were entitled to an inheritance,

− victims were told that, in order to obtain the money, taxes would have to be paid,

− victims forwarded the requested money directly to Canadian financial institutions and never received anything in return,

− to date, the loss to U.S. citizens is over $200,000 and it anticipated that there will be more victims.

On Tuesday, August 28, 2007, Joseph Paul, 47, of Toronto was charged with two counts of Fraud Over $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, room 407, at 2 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

For further information on this investigation, contact Detective Sergeant Cathy Kehoe, TPS Fraud Squad, at 416−808−7324.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−7324.