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If OPP Officers Brent Turner and Dave Dube Are Fleecing Canadians, Why Haven't They Been Fired?

Updated on August 14, 2017
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser
An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser | Source

Have these OPP officers, and their friends and family, figured out the perfect scam?

In June of this year, a publication ban covering Ontario Provincial Police officers Brent Turner and Dave Dube, and several of their associates and family members, including Kirkland Lake Mayor Tony Antoniazzi; his brother, Paul, a current and former chief executive and board member of several publicly traded firms; his other brother, Wayne, the reported former owner of the Kirkland Lake IDA Pharmacy; Cassandra Turner, Brent Turner's wife and Antoniazzi family member, who also worked at the IDA; and Julie Richard-Gorman, a lawyer located in Kirkland Lake who appears to have previously displayed an affinity for convicted U.S. swindler Jordan Belfort, and who employed Cassandra Turner after she left the IDA, was lifted.

It appears that this group has found the ultimate scam, likely one for which none will ever be held accountable. An innocent woman, Nadine Antoniazzi, Paul's wife, lies dead in its aftermath.

This writer has made comparisons between the stock sold by Paul Antoniazzi's current and former companies, which include Affinity Gold Corporation (USOTC: AFYG), RT Minerals Corporation (TSXV: RTM), and Opawica Explorations Inc. (TSXV: OPW) and Jordan Belfort, notoriously portrayed in the 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street. The stock of each has lost more than 90 percent of its value. Investors who trusted Paul with their savings have almost nothing left to show for it.

I have written previously, with the Inquisitr, with regard to other seemingly similar companies operating in the Kirkland Lake area, also with shares down more than 90 percent.

"Are these companies fraudulent? Fraud is a legal term that includes intent. Proving that" Paul Antoniazzi intended to deliver 90 percent-plus losses "is difficult and would require a court to be presented with documents like e-mails, other internal communications, or recorded conversations."

"Are these companies rip-offs? The answer would appear to be clear, as well as providing a warning for investors presented with junior Canadian companies for investment."

A screenshot of now-deleted tweets from Julie Richard-Gorman's Twitter account showing her seeming affinity for convicted U.S. swindler Jordan Belfort, featured in the 2013 film 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'
A screenshot of now-deleted tweets from Julie Richard-Gorman's Twitter account showing her seeming affinity for convicted U.S. swindler Jordan Belfort, featured in the 2013 film 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' | Source
A screenshot of now-deleted tweets from Julie Richard-Gorman's Twitter account showing her seeming affinity for convicted U.S. swindler Jordan Belfort, featured in the 2013 film 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'
A screenshot of now-deleted tweets from Julie Richard-Gorman's Twitter account showing her seeming affinity for convicted U.S. swindler Jordan Belfort, featured in the 2013 film 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' | Source

Rampant stock fraud in Canada?

The type of seeming fraud Dave Dube, Brent Turner, and the Antoniazzis appear to be involved in appears to be rampant in Canada. Close to 100 comparable companies were identified in a January 2017 report to Canadian Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale. In short, ripping investors off appears to be a Canadian way of life.

As has happened with me, those making online reports, and reports to the police about these seeming frauds, can appear to expect to be arrested and have strict conditions imposed by colleagues of Brent Turner and Dave Dube, including OPP Detective Yvan Godin.

How could this happen in Canada? How could police officers believe that continuously selling stock that loses most of its value, by companies that have never booked a dime in revenue or profits, is anything but a scam?

With the Kirkland Lake IDA, it appears as though the Antoniazzis, Turner, and Dube worked out the perfect way to distribute fraudulent stock and rip investors off of their savings, while leaving them with no legal recourse.

As prominent Kirkland Lake residents, it is reasonable to suspect that members of the Kirkland Lake community might view Paul, Wayne, or Tony as reasonable people to approach and ask questions about investment decisions, particularly in Wayne's pharmacy. Reports from former employees indicate that Paul and Wayne regularly discussed stocks with customers in the IDA.

These customers would also be well aware of the relationship between Paul, Tony, and Wayne, and Brent Tuner and Dave Dube, OPP officers. It would seem reasonable that many residents would view this as a sign that Paul could be trusted.

However, all the stocks Paul has sold people have lost more than 90 percent of their value. In many cases, people who invested $1,000 have been left with less than $20.

One can only imagine a telephone call between a frightened, anxious Kirkland Lake resident who has been fleeced of their savings and Brent Turner, Dave Dube, or one of their coworkers with the Kirkland Lake OPP.

"You say Brent's relative ripped you off?" one could image an OPP officer saying. "You've got a lot of nerve making allegations like that against a family member of a police officer. Stocks are risky! Do your homework next time and don't be so gullible."

Again, as in my case, it appears that investors with the nerve to protest more vocally, or make independent reports to the media and other authorities, can expect to be harassed, arrested, and run out of town.

A chart for Opawica Explorations stock showing losses of 98.56 percent.
A chart for Opawica Explorations stock showing losses of 98.56 percent. | Source
A chart for RT Minerals stock showing losses of 99.63 percent.
A chart for RT Minerals stock showing losses of 99.63 percent. | Source

So why can't the OPP just fire them?

Any reasonable person, likely including many Ontario police chiefs, would like to see those even remotely suspected of taking part in fraud, fired. The problem is that, in Ontario, things aren't so simple.

"On the off chance police officers are charged, convictions are rare. Among those few unlucky enough to be found guilty, firing is still the exception," writes the National Post in a piece entitled "Why is it still almost impossible to fire bad cops?"

Strikingly, this situation is somewhat unique to Canada, where police officers are protected by legislation.

"Police discipline in Ontario is governed by the provincial Police Services Act, which has not been updated since 1990. Uniformed officers cannot be fired or seriously sanctioned directly by their superiors for misconduct. Instead, they face a quasi-judicial tribunal," the National Post continues.

In the United States, despite all the high-profile cases of police misconduct, many police chiefs have the power to fire officers whom they suspect of being connected to crime. For example, Florida Sheriff's Deputy Steve Calkins was fired for his apparent connection to the disappearance of Terrance Williams, as reported by the Washington Times. It appears that this was a good decision; Calkins was later connected to the disappearance of Felipe Santos.

Had these incidents occurred in Ontario, it appears that Steve Calkins' superiors hands would have been tied and that he might very well still be serving as a police officer, today. Further, Calkins' former bosses actively worked with the media in an attempt to learn more information about the fates of the two missing men.

Though I am among leading experts on stock fraud in Canada, and am more knowledgeable about this case than every single police officer I have dealt with, the OPP have never once asked me for my opinion about what has transpired. I have never even been asked to file a report.

It appears as though OPP officers Brent Turner and Dave Dube, along with members of the Antoniazzi family, have found the perfect scam to fleece the unaware and gullible of their savings. One in which investors are left with no recourse after being bilked, and are likely intimidated by police officers to keep quiet about, lest offense be caused to the force, the Office of the Mayor of Kirkland Lake, or the upstanding business people at Paul Antoniazzi's companies.

Don't let them get your or your loved ones' savings. How many other Canadian police officers and their families are conducting similar seeming scams?

© 2017 Stephen Sinclair

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