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People associated to this crime ring

They came to Canada and found a land of opportunity


KEVIN CONNOR Toronto Sun

Investigators say they have smashed a massive international crime ring centred around a Gypsy cell that recruited people to come to Ontario from Romania. Police arrested 34 people and laid 263 charges in the largest investigation of its kind in Durham Region. "This has ballooned from one family. The ring would recruit to Canada and they would claim refugee status," said Det.-Sgt. Cathy Bawden. In the fall of 2011, two officers in Oshawa noticed criminals were committing distraction-style thefts and frauds. Thieves would target jewelry stores, convenience outlets and even senior citizens, said police. As one person distracted victims, their cohorts would steal valuables and leave the scene. Men, women and their children took part, tucking stolen items inside long skirts which had inside panel compartments. The Gypsy cell enlisted people from Romania for the crime ring. Investigators have identi-

fied more than 400 people who were associated with the criminal organization. "They are brought over for a better life but there is a price to pay on arrival," added Bawden. Once in Canada, the newcomers would apply for social assistance, mostly in Toronto. Investigators are working with different levels of government to identify any fraudulent use of social services. With the aid of identities provided by police, Toronto social services officials have calculated the individuals have received more than $2 million from various programs since January 2012. Investigators have seized $85,000 in cash and stolen merchandise and identified more than $1 million in suspi-

cious wire transactions to foreign locations. Durham investigators were assisted by the Canadian Border Services Agency, the RCMP, Toronto Police, OPP, FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Interpol and other police agencies. The investigation focused on a family living in Pickering and an associate in Toronto. On Aug. 9, investigators zeroed in on four main targets, including Dinarca Caldaras, 38, formerly of Denby Dr., Pickering. She is c h a r g e d with instructing commission of an offence for a criminal organization, credit card theft, fraud, and other offences. Province-wide arrest warrants have been issued for her husband, Ovidiu Caldaras, 42,

Some of the items stolen in distraction-style thefts are pul display by Durham Regional Police yesterday.

and her son, Robert, 20. Both are believed to have fled to Germany. They're wanted on charges of participating in a criminal organization and other offences. Claudiu Unguru, 37, of

Toronto, is charged with ticipating in a criminal or| ization, identity theft, ft and other crimes. Police don't know 1 many people were victimi
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BEBI MOLDOVAN 36 years old, 1202 YorkmillsRd, Toronto Kidnap (x 2), sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, threatening

CLAUDIU UNGURU 36 years old, 101A-90 Eastdale Ave, Toronto Participation in activities of a criminal organization, conspiracy to commit an Indictable offence, possession of property obtained by crime, theft of credit card (x4), identity theft (x41. fraud over $5,000.

SORIN SFETCU 40 years old, 17 Rutledge Ave., Toronto Extortion using a firearm, sexual assault with a weapon, threatening death, unauthorized possession of a firearm, use of firearm to commit indictable offence, theft under $5,000, uttering forged documents (x3).

DINARCA CALDARAS 38 years old, 2172 Denby Dr, Pickering Participation in activities of a criminal organization, laundering proceeds of Crime, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, Theft of credit card (x3), Identity theft X3, fraud over $5,000 (x4), theft over $5,000 (x2), theft of motor vehicle over $5,000 (x2).

DIDAIANCU 42 years old, 74 Silvio Toronto Participating in crimin organization, conspiracy theft under $5,000.

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Robbery, weapons dangerous, participaton criminal organization, tt*

mm THURSDAY,SEPTEMBER6,2012 Arrests made

The Toronto Sun THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,2012

CRIN CHICIU 35 years old, 9 Homestead Dr., Toronto Theft under $5,000

BENONE BITA 21 years old, 109-1264 York Mills, Toronto Breach of recognizance, obstruct peace officer

MIHEALAMICLESCU 29 years old, 507-45 Greencrest Circuit, Toronto Fraud

MARIEA NICOLAIE 30 years old, 401-2006 Sheppard Ave., Toronto 45 Fraud and theft charges, participating in criminal organization

MARIN SFETCU 48 years old Convicted of murder in Romania, sexual assault, assault with a weapon, breach of recognizance.

ILLIE PAUN 34 years old, 620-1284 Danforth Ave., Toronto Participation in criminal organization, break & enter (x3), theft over $5,000 (x6).

NOUH MAHMOUD ELAYYAN 23 years old, 1410-3275 Sheppard Ave., E. Toronto Fraud, possession of property obtained by crime

ILEANAMICLESCU 24 years old, 17 Rutledge Ave., Toronto Participate in criminal organization, conspiracy, theft over $5,000.

DANUTA WALTER 43 years old, 105-2020 Cliff Rd, Mississauga Theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property.

SIMONASERDARU SOyears old, 620-1284 Danforth Rd, Scarborough Conspiracy, theft over $5,000, participatjng in a criminal organization

ROBERT CALDARAS 20 years old Domestic assault, participation in criminal organization, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, fraud.

ULISE STOIAN 42 years old, 30 Clydesdale Rd, Markham Robbery, weapons dangerous, participate in priminal prganization, theft, oossession stolen Drooertv.

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ANITA NARCISAASAN 25 years old, Rutledge Ave., Toronto Robbery, theft over $5,000.

ADRIANARADUCANU 20 years old, 69 Laurel Ave., Toronto Fail to comply with probation

COSTELIANCU 32 yeas old, Innisbrook Dr.Jhornhill CBSAfailto disclose criminality

BILFORDVADUVA 29 years old, 507-45 Greencrest Circuit, Toronto Robbery (x 2), fraud.

EVACALDARAS 27 years old, 401-2006 Sheppard Ave., Toronto Participation in criminal organization, 40 fraud and theft charges.

ROZALIAIANCU 34 years old, 216-1284 DanforthRd., Toronto Participate in Criminal Organization, conspiracy, theft over $5,000.

MARIA VADUVA 20 years old, 216-1284 Danforth Rd,, Toronto Participate in Criminal Organization, conspiracy, theft over $5,000 (x4).

SAMUIELCALDARAS 28 years old. Participate in criminal organization, credit card fraud (x4), identity theft, fraud over $5,000.

CATALIN MICLESCU 35 years old, 6077 EmileNelligan #6 Montreal, Que. Theft (x5), theft of credit card, fraud (x 3).

VENIAMIN RADUCANU 19 years old, Participate in criminal Organization (x2), conspiracy, break and enter, theft under $5,000.

GUTASTANCU 29 years old Participation in criminal organization, credit card fraud (x2), identity theft, theft under $5,000.

DARIUSZ GLOWACKI 44 years old, 105-2020 Cliff Rd, Mississauga Theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property

ILEANASTOIAN 38 years old, 30 Clydesdale Rd, Markham Robbery, weapons dangerous, anticipate in criminal organization, theft, oossession stolen Drooertv.

OVIDIU CLADARAS 42 years old Participation in criminal organization, conspiracy to commit indictable offence, breach of recognizance, fraud over $5.000.

FLORENTINA STOICAN 23 years old, 1203 Hwy 50, Palgrave Participation in criminal organization (x3), break and enter, theft over $5,000 (x6), breach.

LOREDANANEDERIC 29 years old, 1652 Warden Wilson Aye., (bsmt), Whitby Participation in criminal organization, conspiracy, break and enter, theft over $5.000 fx6V