Police Update: Project Hobart, Illegal Gambling Operation Additional Charges Laid

OPP

Additional Charges Laid and Assets Seized as Project HOBART Continues

ORILLIA, ON – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and its investigative partners have laid more charges and charged additional persons after warrants were executed at a number of Ontario locations.

In December 2019, Project HOBART saw 18 police agencies and enforcement organizations combine to end an illegal gaming enterprise operated by and linked to members of known criminal organizations, including three members and one prospect member of the Hells Angels. At the time, 28 people were charged with 228 offenses, and police seized or restrained $12-million worth of residential properties, luxury and vintage automobiles and motorcycles, off-road vehicles, cash, gold and silver bars, and jewelry.

“Police and our partner agencies are again demonstrating that we are relentless in our pursuit of criminal organizations and their leaders, their associates, and their criminal lifestyle, ensuring the safety of our communities,” says Chief Superintendent Kari DART, Commander, OPP Investigation and Support Bureau.

On July 29, 2020, police and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) executed four (4) search warrants in London, Oakville, Toronto and Pickering and other judicial warrants at eight (8) locations in London, Toronto, Welland and Thornbury resulting in the seizure and/or restraint of $24-million worth of assets including:

·        Three (3) residences and 1 vacant vacation property;

·        Eight (8) vehicles; including sports cars, a vintage automobile, and one Harley Davidson motorcycle;

·        The financial assets of three land/property development companies, including building lots in the Collingwood area; one of which has a $7-million newly-built house on it;

·        $82,590 CDN and $25,398 USD in cash; and,

·        Approximately 7 kilograms of Psilocybin and .5 kilograms of Marihuana for a total value of $66,986.

As a result of this ongoing investigation, four (4) additional persons are charged with offences contrary to the Criminal Code including Commission of Offences for a Criminal Organization, Bookmaking, Proceeds of Crime, Money Laundering and Tax Evasion. Three (3) other persons are charged with Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime. In addition to his previous charges, Hells Angels member Robert BARLETTA was re-arrested and charged with Money Laundering and Fraud (related to Tax Evasion) against the Government of Canada. His tax evasion charges were also amended to reflect a greater taxable benefit. One person is additionally charged with two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking/Selling contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act and the Cannabis Act.  All eight (8) accused are expected to answer charges at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on September 17, 2020.

 

 

NAME

 

AGE

MUNICIPAL RESIDENCE  

CHARGE

COURT STATUS &

DATE

 

Douglas ADAMS

 

58

 

Thornbury

 

•       Laundering Proceeds of Crime CC 462.31(1)(a)

•       Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 CC 354(1)(a)

Released on PTA.

First

Appearance 17Sept20

 

Robert BARLETTA

 

50

 

London

 

•       Laundering Proceeds of Crime CC 462.31(1)(a)

•       Fraud Over $5,000 CC 380(1)(a)

•       Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 CC 354(1)(a)

Released on PTA.

First Appearance 17Sept20

 

Michael CURTIS

 

37

 

Collingwood

•       Laundering Proceeds of Crime CC 462.31(1)(a)

•       Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 CC 354(1)(a)

Released on PTA.

First

Appearance 17Sept20

 

David ENGLISH

 

38

 

London

 

•       Book-Making – Control CC 202(1)(c)

•       Book-Making – Record CC 202(1)(d)

•       Book-Making – Engage CC 202(1)(e)

•       Commission of offence for criminal organization CC 467.12

•       Possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of Trafficking – CDSA 5(2)

•       Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling – CA 10(2)

 

 

Released on PTA.

First Appearance 17Sept20

 

 

Samouel KAFKAS

 

45

 

Pickering

 

•       Book-Making – Control CC 202(1)(c)

•       Book-Making – Record CC 202(1)(d)

•       Book-Making – Engage CC 202(1)(e)

•       Commission of offence for criminal organization CC467.12

 

Released on PTA.

First Appearance 17Sept20

 

Stewart KO

 

44

 

Scarborough

 

•       Book-Making – Control CC 202(1)(c)

•       Book-Making – Record CC 202(1)(d)

•       Book-Making – Engage CC 202(1)(e)

•       Commission of offence for criminal organization CC467.12

 

Released on PTA.

First Appearance 17Sept20

 

Tony PERILLO

 

53

 

Maple

•       Laundering Proceeds of Crime CC 462.31(1)(a)

•       Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 CC 354(1)(a)

Released on PTA.

First Appearance 17Sept20

 

Eston SILVER

 

37

 

Oakville

 

•       Book-Making – Control CC 202(1)(c)

•       Book-Making – Record CC 202(1)(d)

•       Book-Making – Engage CC 202(1)(e)

•       Commission of offence for criminal organization CC467.12

•       Laundering Proceeds of Crime CC 462.31(1)(a)

•       Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 CC 354(1)(a)

 

 

Released on PTA.

First Appearance 17Sept20

 

The broader investigation and active takedowns have involved members of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Biker Enforcement Unit (BEU), the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit, the RCMP, London Police Service, Niagara Regional Police, Halton Regional Police Service, Canada Revenue Agency, Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Sault Ste. Marie Police, Barrie Police Service, Canada Border Services Agency, Stratford Police Service, Woodstock Police Service, the Sûreté du Québec and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).