Man faces 22 charges in fraud investigation,
Andrew George Abagi, aka Andrew Steele, 32, of Toronto
Broadcast time: 17:00
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Fraud Squad, 416−808−7300
The Toronto Strategic Partnership*, in conjunction with the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services, started an investigation into an alleged fraudulent talent agency.
It is alleged that:
− between January and May 2008, the accused owned and operated 4U Consulting, a talent agency,
− the accused took out advertising in various news publications, offering jobs for “actors, models & extras, immediately for TV, Film, Music Videos,”
− victims met with the accused and were asked to provide “upfront fees” for photographs, a prerequisite for employment,
− victims did not receive any of the promised photos or jobs.
Andrew George Abagi, also known as Andrew Steele, 32, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) 21 counts of Fraud Under,
2) Fraud Over.
He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park, on Friday, August 22, 2008, room 501, at 10 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing. Police believe there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Alan Spratt at 416−808−7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text: TIP312 and your message to CRIMES (274637).
*The Toronto Strategic Partnership is a multi−law−enforcement−agency response to massmarketing fraud. It includes the Toronto Police Service Fraud Squad, the OPP, The Canadian Anti−Fraud Call Centre, RCMP−GTA Commercial Crime Section, Competition Bureau, Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.K. Office of Fair Trading.
Reported on the Toronto Police website at http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/