According to police, Paramount Towing, along with other rival Greater Toronto towing groups, have allegedly been involved in defrauding insurance companies with vehicles involved in collisions and staged collisions.
“The towing companies partnered with auto repair shops, as well as car and truck rental companies, to carry out their frauds,” police said.
Police said insurance companies hired lawyers and pursued legal action against numerous towing companies. Investigators also allege that Carr Law firm in Vaughan, Ont., hired by the insurance companies, became the target of violence, threats and extortion.
York Regional Police say they have charged 20 people and laid hundreds of organized crime-related charges after an investigation into ongoing tow truck turf wars.
“The Greater Toronto Area has been the scene of violence between rival tow truck companies who have been fighting over financial profits from the towing of vehicles and, the most significant source of profit, the frauds following the initial tow,” York Regional Police said in a news release.
“The competition for control of the towing market has resulted in murders, attempted murders, assaults, arsons, threats and property damage.”
On April 30 and May 1, warrants were executed in Brantford and Hamilton, where five suspects were taken into custody and charged.
On May 20, York Regional Police, with help from the Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police Service, executed 21 search warrants at residences and businesses in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Hamilton, Oakville, Toronto, Aurora and East Gwillimbury. Three suspects were arrested and charged.
Police have revealed that evidence seized in the search warrants includes:
A full list released by police indicated 20 people were charged. The hundreds of charges laid include participating in a criminal organization, fraud, extortion, robbery, arson, trafficking numerous drugs including fentanyl, multiple firearm-related offences, attempted murder and first-degree murder.
“With the accused facing charges, and their assets seized, we expect the extreme level of violence we have seen in our community to diminish,” Supt. Mike Slack, officer in charge of organized crime and intelligence services with York Regional Police, said.
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