How Three Sisters (and their Mom) Tried to Swindle the CRA out of Millions

“The Saker sisters seemed to be the model of rural ingenuity…upstanding community members and principled entrepreneurs.” In reality, they were fraudsters, grifting the Canadian government, all the while fooling the public with a veneer of success and a sniff of social responsibility in their food operations. Even the judge couldn’t resist the urge to respond in kind during their trial.

In her ruling, she said it was clear there were, in fact, no cupcakes being made by the Saker sisters and their mother. “What was being baked here was a scam of epic portions, made with equal measure of deceit, arrogance, gall and massively misguided creativity,” she wrote. “It is my hope that the Canadian public will never be subjected to this kind of recipe ever again.”

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Jun 21, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,359 words)

The Nurse Imposter

Brigitte Cleroux faked her nursing credentials, and over decades, treated hundreds of patients across Canada. Sarah Treleaven attempts to follow the trail of fraud and deceit.

Cleroux was already two decades into a life of pervasive dishonesty, one that had repeatedly resulted in punishment and humiliation. And yet she continued along her path, perpetually moving on to the next con. She had been both charged and sanctioned, but nothing seemed to stop her.

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Apr 11, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,344 words)

I Watched My Friend Dying on Facebook. But It Was All a GoFundMe Scam.

“How a group of friends ended up donating over $100,000 to a sick friend — who was perfectly fine.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,758 words)