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Lawyer in hiding
The focus of the current blog is an April 5, 2014 Toronto Star article entitled:
Golnaz Vakili: Lawyer in hiding accused of stealing millions swears she’s innocent
The subhead reads:
Golnaz Vakili, now in hiding, swears she’s innocent of an alleged mortgage fraud investors say could be worth as much as $17 million. The Star probes what happened.
Here’s an excerpts from the article:
- Within a month of her abrupt departure, Vakili would be named in a massive civil suit alleging she was a central figure in a sophisticated mortgage scheme investors believe could be worth as much as $17 million. The courts froze her accounts and the law society suspended her licence. Then Toronto police charged her with fraud in absentia and issued a warrant for her arrest.
- This is a story about missing millions, stately mansions on the Bridle Path, broken business relationships and an alleged death threat. It features a cast of characters operating in the world of real estate and private loans. Among them is Vakili, a promising young lawyer now on the lam; a businessman who bought the largest home in Canada and who in the past has been charged with several violent crimes though never convicted; his former business associate – a wealthy woman who accuses both of them of defrauding her family – and a shell-shocked husband searching for answers.
Another excerpt reads:
“Vakili says she chose to open a private practice because it made her more accountable.
“‘I just don’t seem to have the same results when I’ve got somebody constantly looking over my shoulder.’”
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