Charges laid in multi-million-dollar fraud case: Calgary Police

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The Calgary Police announced Wednesday that they have arrested and charged two men in relation to facilitating fraudulent sales of RV camping lots, cabin lots and dock spaces at a British Columbia resort to numerous unsuspecting Calgarians.

According to a statement released by Calgary Police, Craig Douglas MCMORRAN, 61, of Calgary, and his associate, Gus KALABALIKIS, 53, of Calgary, were arrested on 16th and 20th of September from Calgary city.

The statement further added MCMORRAN has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of money laundering and one count of theft over $5,000, while KALABALIKIS has been charged with one count of theft over $5,000 and three counts of fraud over $5,000.

“It is alleged that between 2014 and 2017, MCMORRAN sold RV park sites fraudulently as the owner and operator of Sweetwater Resort, a land development project on the shores of Lake Koocanusa in B.C.,” the Calgary Police said, adding that other names were used for the resort including Sweetwater RV Park and Sweetwater at Lake Koocanusa.

The Calgary Police also added that an investigation was launched by the Calgary Police Economic Crimes Unit when customers contacted police with suspicions about the legitimacy of the transactions after communication between them and the owner became infrequent. “After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the sales contracts from the R.V. park site transactions were invalid.”

As a result, Sweetwater RV Park was ordered to close by the Regional District Office of East Kootenay, the Calgary Police added.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Police said MCMORRAN allegedly sold docking spaces for boats in the marina called “boat slips” at the resort.

According to Calgary Police, these transactions were invalid because the slips were submerged Crown Land and could not be legally sold. In B.C., marina spaces can only be leased or rented, not sold.

In total, it is alleged that MCMORRAN fraudulently obtained more than $2 million from multiple victims who believed they were purchasing legitimate lot and dock spaces.

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