Vaughan business owners wanted for fraud

York Regional Police are looking for two business owners accused of bilking people out of more than $300,000.

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Jesus Mallari and Terista Mallari, both of Toronto. They’re wanted for fraud over $5,000, four counts of uttering forged documents and four counts of forgery.

Police launched an investigation in January after a woman reported using Mabini Express, a financial transfer service in Vaughan, to transfer funds to family in the Philippines. When she learned several days later that her family hadn’t received the money, she returned to the company and discovered a sign indicating the business was permanently closed.

Police have since heard from 36 people who lost a combined total of more than $300,000. Investigators have exhausted all leads and are appealing to the public for help. Anyone with information on the location of the suspects is asked to contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6612, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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