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.







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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







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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







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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.










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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







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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







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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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