Multimillion-dollar casino fraud investigation leads to arrest in Ontario


Published March 8, 2024 at 8:38 am

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A months-long investigation into suspicious transactions at Ontario casinos has led to an arrest.

The investigation looked into “a months-long multimillion-dollar fraud scheme” involving suspicious transactions at multiple Ontario casinos, the OPP said in a press release today (March 8).

The investigation started in the fall of 2023, OPP said.

On March 7, police laid charges in connection to the investigation.

Nagatheepan Sivandarajah, 42, of Scarborough, was charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and two counts of use, deals, acts on forged document.

Sivandarajah is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on April 4.

This fraud investigation, follows reports of illegal activity at Pickering Casino Resort last August, which led to charges for Mississauga, Brampton and Scarborough residents.

OPP Acting Staff Sergeant Robert Simpson told that the two investigations are not believed to be connected.

Simpson couldn’t say what casinos were involved nor where they are located in Ontario. He did say the casinos in Niagara were not part of this investigation.

The Investigation and Enforcement Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police, a division of the OPP, embedded within the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario led this investigation.

Photo: Javon Swaby

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