Ontario adoption agency, with clients in Alberta, charged with fraud
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By Jason Van Rassel
April 8, 2011/ Calgary Herald
The owners of an Ontario-based international adoption agency with clients in Alberta have been charged with fraud.
Waterloo Regional Police announced this morning that Rick Hayhow, 46, and Susan Hayhow, 45 of Imagine Adoption Inc. are jointly charged with breach of trust, six counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of fraud under $5,000. They have also been charged separately with one count each of fraud over $5,000.
In a statement, police allege the pair inappropriately spent more than $420,000 of agency funds on personal expenses such as trips, clothes and renovations to their home in Cambridge, west of Toronto.
The agency entered bankruptcy proceedings in July 2009, placing a number of pending adoptions from countries such as Ethiopia in doubt.
Police said they launched their investigation following complaints from the public about the non-profit agency.
Investigators arrested Rick Hayhow in Cambridge on Thursday. Police took Susan Hayhow into custody the same day in Whitby, Ont., east of Toronto.
The Hayhows were released from custody pending a court appearance in Cambridge on May 26.
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De ja vu?
How come this sounds familiar?
Oh, very familiar... TOO familiar
What's staggering is the PAP response to problems found within an adoption agency:
Now... what pray-tell is the PAP response going to be, if they learn fast-tracking an adoption-plan may not be an option in a country trying to close its ICA doors?
Never fear..help is near
Maybe JCICS can "help" them?