Executive director of Hamilton Sikh Society charged with fraud

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After a lengthy investigation, Hamilton Police say they have arrested and charged an executive member of the Sikh Society with fraud.

In August of 2019, the Hamilton Police Service Major Fraud Branch commenced an investigation into complaints about financial mismanagement, fraud and theft at the Sikh Society of Hamilton Wentworth located at 86 Covington Street in Hamilton.

The investigation revealed offences that took place between January 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

On Tuesday (Nov. 12) Jatinder Labana, an executive director of the Sikh Society and a Glanbrook resident, was arrested and charged with fraud over $5000, making forged documents, theft over $5000, theft of mail, and theft by a person required to report.

Labana, 55, was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse on December 17, 2019.

Labana has also been removed from his position within the organization and is bound by conditions not to communicate with witnesses or to attend the Gursikh Temple in Hamilton.

Hamilton Police say the investigation is ongoing and they are assisting members of the Sikh community in understanding the financial implications of this board member’s actions and any other involved persons.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rob Mayea of the Major Fraud Branch by calling 905-546-4521 or his Major Case Manager D/Sgt. Greg Doerr at 905 546-3841.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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