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Contractor defrauded woman of more than $1M, Toronto police allege

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Toronto police say three arrests have been made after a contractor defrauded at least 15 victims, one of whom lost more than $1 million.

In a news release issued Tuesday, police said a 75-year-old woman hired a contractor to do renovations at her home in the area of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue West.

She was allegedly defrauded of more than $1 million and police said further investigation determined there were more victims.

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From February 2011 to October 2022, another 14 victims in the Greater Toronto Area were defrauded “in the same manner” of more than $400,000 in total, the release said.

Police added that five of those victims were also elderly.

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Investigators said the contractor operated under the following names: In Time For Finishing Touches, Scala Exteriors, AFS Contracting and Design, and Upper Level Renovations.

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On Monday, officers arrested three Toronto men.

Antonio Sinopoli, 54, was charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, possession of proceeds of crime, and laundering proceeds of crime.

Wayne McNeil, 45, was charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, while Francesco Sinopoli, 27, faces one count of fraud over $5,000.

They’re scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 16.

Police said they believe there may be other victims and asked anyone with information to contact officers at 416-808-7318 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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