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“Stamp Guy” convicted of defrauding Canadian post office for the amount of 235 thousand. dollars

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Canada Post’s business analysts began calling it the “tag”.

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Canada Post’s business analysts began calling it the “tag”.

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For at least three years, Allan Fischer, 59, had set up fake business accounts with fake phone numbers, addresses, and e-mails across Canada to send mass mail.

First, he called Canada Post to fax a request for bulk mail services. The application was completed and returned, usually with a rush status request, allowing the bogus company to order products worth up to $ 7,500 per credit without any credit checks.

Once Fischer had a new account, he gave up postal services and simply ordered stamps and prepaid items to be shipped to various UPS stores where he had mailboxes in southwestern Ontario.

And he’ll never pay the bills.

On Friday, Fischer was convicted of fraud and possession of more than $ 5,000 in crime for what Supreme Court Justice Spencer Nicholson called “an elaborate and sophisticated scheme.”

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Between 2013 and 2016, using 48 fake business addresses, Fischer scammed Canadian Post $ 234,763.31 in stamps and other products. He was selling discount stamps to various customers, some of whom found him online via sticky ads.

Fischer’s plan was so complex that the judge said he could not come to “any other conclusion that his action was intentional and was aimed at getting Canada Post products without paying for them.”

The scheme had many layers. Fischer leased mailboxes throughout Southwestern Ontario in London, St. Thomas, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Cambridge, Chatham and Waterloo and was to deliver Canada Post products to counterfeit companies in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia there.

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Canada Post became suspicious when it began checking 50 to 60 unpaid business accounts, all for unpaid stamp products, and was unable to reach customers on the telephone number provided.

Google searches would be empty and the businesses and businesses either didn’t exist or the address provided didn’t match.

The Canada Post inspector began checking 30 accounts in May 2016. One of the addresses was at the Central London Executive Center, where the inspector managed to get Fischer’s name and see him pick up parcels in his car.

The last 11 orders for companies from all over the country were sent to this address.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been called in to investigate spreadsheets for activities planned by the Canada Post. They also had nine audio recordings of someone with a similar voice calling the Canada Post to set up new business accounts using different names and addresses and then ordering stamps.

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Similar responses to selected security questions were also suspicious in the applications. Several times, the make of the first car was Datsun, the first girl was called Connie, the favorite concert was Blue Rodeo, and the favorite book was Think and Grow Rich.

The same phone number was used at least three times for fake companies in Regina, Barrie, and Winnipeg,

At his trial earlier this year, where Fischer represented himself without a lawyer, Nicholson heard from customers who bought stamps at a 30 percent discount – and sometimes still owed them money – and employees interviewed at Tim Horton coffee shops that they are short – help from a term office or web designers to give credibility to its business activities.

Members of the non-profit group who unknowingly were listed on the Executive Center mailbox for shipments from Canada also testified.

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Eventually, the RCMP seized Fischer’s computers and electronics, and found Canada Post’s applications and other documents. There was evidence of 48 bogus accounts.

Fischer’s defense was that he ran a legal, centralized operation, “doing the work of the many” for clients across the country.

“I reject these claims. I discovered that the companies involved did not exist or were created by Mr. Fischer, ”said Nicholson.

“It makes no sense for a company based in Abbotsford, British Columbia or Calgary, Alberta to have (have) more convenience shipping their product to Chatham.”

He agreed with Crown Assistant Attorney Adam Campbell that if Fischer were doing business with companies, “there would be emails between Mr. Fischer and his company and entities found on his devices.”

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Investigators found no messages or invoices.

“I discovered that Mr. Fischer was the mastermind behind the sophisticated and intricate fraud of Canada Post Corp.” Nicholson said.

“To conceal its plan, Fischer has gone to great lengths to create basic information to prove the existence of fake companies. . . . While the pattern was complicated, Mr. Fischer was caught and now convicted.

Before setting a date for his sentence, Fischer asked the judge how the next phase would affect the appeal process.

Fischer’s sentence is scheduled for August 17.

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