Monday, February 26, 2024

Follow the money — an investor, lawyers and missing millions

It was a quick business lunch.

Not much small talk. To the point. Sealed with handshakes.


Girolamo (Gerry) Falletta was a Hamilton personal injury lawyer with Centennial Law Group who bragged of owning a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. He also operates Girolamo Falletta Professional Corporation.

Follow the money


Arthur Ellis was promised fast cash with a $1.5 million investment to a Hamilton lawyer’s trust fund. He never saw his money again.

A familiar scheme


Centennial Law Group made the news when, on Jan. 12, 2017 in the dead of night, its office was destroyed by a fire. At the time, it was located on King Street West in Stoney Creek. Later, George Morris Chester, 60, pleaded guilty to arson.


Centennial Law Group’s former Stoney Creek law office was demolished after it was destroyed by fire in 2017.

The $1.5 million bank draft


2770 Windwood Dr., an apartment building in Mississauga, is listed as the address associated with a business that has one director: Mohammad E. Huq.

Demands for repayment


On July 18 or 19, Gerry Falletta gave Arthur Ellis a copy of a mortgage agreement for $1.5 million “to be registered on his home at 278 Valridge Dr. in Ancaster,” according to the statement of claim.

The drug sweep

Was a crime committed?

‘Lawyers are not bankers’

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