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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
416-808-7300

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 www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



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