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Kumar Kothary, 56, and Shefali Kothary, 51,
arrested in Fraud investigation,
Police concerned there may be other victims

Broadcast time: 10:13
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Financial Crimes

Case #: 17-286706

Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes would like to advise the public of arrests in an ongoing Fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

- a man and woman falsely claimed to have power of attorney for a family member

- they falsely claimed that the family member had a severe blood disorder, diabetes, was legally blind, and had the mental capacity of an infant, none of which was true

- they fraudulently submitted various claims for reimbursement to Ministry of Community and Social Services for medical services, medical supplies, special diet, travel expenses and assistance for home services

- they submitted fraudulent applications claiming expenses related to "parent relief" to the Ministry of Family Services for additional funding, through a program called "Passport"

- the total loss to the Ministry of Community and Social Services is $86,581

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Kumar Kothary, 56, and Shefali Kothary, 51, of Toronto, were arrested. They are both charged with:

1) Fraud over $5000
2) Uttering forged documents

They were scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 2 p.m.

Police are concerned there may be other victims in both the public and private sector.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Natalie Hegarty, Financial Crimes