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Lawsuits allege fraud in Richmond and Regina

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Bob Mackin

A self-described homemaker, who resides in the People’s Republic of China, is suing a mortgage company and B.C.’s land titles authority for fraud.

In a Feb. 21-filed B.C. Supreme Court action, Yuhui Zhou accuses a woman, who is only referred as Jane Doe, of posing as Zhou last May 15 at a Burnaby law firm. Zhou claims the woman forged her signature on a mortgage and assignment of rents in favour of AP Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. The mortgage was registered against title to the property in the New Westminster land title office on May 31, 2019.

Richmond condo at the centre of a civil lawsuit (BC Condos)

Zhou had financed her purchase of the 2014-built strata townhouse near Richmond secondary, now worth $1.22 million, through Scotiabank.

The court documents say that at the time, Zhou was in China and she denied ever speaking or communicating with Tiffany May at George Lee Law Corp. or AP Capital.

“The mortgage and the assignments of rent were granted without the knowledge and consent of the plaintiff,” the court filings state. “The plaintiff did not apply for, seek out, or agree tot he mortgage or the assignment of rents.”

The defendants have not yet replied and none of the allegations has been proven in court.

Meanwhile, a Chinese citizen is suing a Vancouver immigration consultant over a controversial immigrant investment scheme in Saskatchewan.

Xiaolei Zhang filed against Global Fortune Commerce and Business Group Inc. and Wenda Yang on Feb. 21 in B.C. Supreme Court, seeking damages for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.

Zhang claimed that, beginning in May 2016, she consulted Global Fortune and its sole director Yang about her family’s immigration to Canada. The defendants, she claims, tried to induce her to invest in a Chinese-style wholesale mall project in Saskatchewan known as the Global Trade and Exhibition Centre.

She claims she was told she was required to invest in GTEC by buying a commercial condominium unit in the GTEC project, in order to be selected by the Saskatchewan government for the entrepreneur category of its program that encourages immigrant investment. She paid an $80,000 consulting fee to Global Fortune and $124,000 to GTEC developer Brightenview Development International Inc.

In March 2019, she said she was told by the defendants that the federal government refused her temporary work permit  application because it was not satisfied the business would create significant economic, social or cultural benefit to Canada.

Global Trade and Exhibition Centre in Regina (GTEC)

Zhang retained another consulting company to review the business plan in June 2019 and the federal government granted the application in October of last year.

“To make matters worse, Government of Saskatchewan decided (Nov. 6, 2019) to exclude investments in GTEC project from eligibility for the entrepreneur category of [Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program]. According to the media, by the decision, Government of Saskatchewan virtually admitted that GTEC Project was an immigration scam.”

The court filing said Zhang’s lawyer sent a demand letter for $204,000 by Dec. 8, 2019 for $204,0000.

None of the allegations has been proven and the defendants have yet to reply.

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