Emmanuel Feuerwerker- Ontario- 2011 Mar 4, 2017 1:44:35 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Mar 4, 2017 1:44:35 GMT -5
(Above photo credits: Torontosun.com)
Fugitive Profile as of March 4th, 2017: (Based on RCMP Most Wanted website profile)
Full Name: Emmanuel Eliezer Mardochee Feuerwerker
Born: March 1951
Hair Colour: White
Eye Colour: Hazel
Weight: 400 lbs / 181 kg
Height: 5 ft 10 in / 178 cm
Who to call if you've seen him: Take no action to apprehend this person yourself. Report any information to the nearest RCMP detachment or the police in your area or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
OTTAWA — A fugitive fraud artist who claims his high-ranking political friends include the Trudeaus and who blames his legal woes on his refusal to spy on his Soviet ambassador friend was sentenced in absentia to seven years in prison Friday.
Emmanuel Feuerwerker and his wife, Lise Pouliot, defrauded the federal health care plan of more than $620,000 with a series of fraudulent claims for physiotherapy treatments, but Feuerwerker vanished in July, just days before his sentencing hearing. Only $10,000 of the stolen money has ever been recovered.
Pouliot, who remained in Canada, was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the scheme.
Before fleeing, Feuerwerker met with a probation officer and denied committing the crimes of which he was convicted, claiming the charges were associated with “political interests and manoeuvrings by federal government bodies of investigation.”
In his sentencing decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice Denis Power said Feuerwerker claimed “he had developed a friendship with the ambassador of the U.S.S.R. at the time and that those federal agencies pressured him to seek and divulge information on Soviet-related matters.
“The offender claims he was targeted as he refused to collaborate,” Power said of the one-time federal Liberal candidate who dropped out of the race over health concerns as questions were being raised about his resume.
“Mr. Feuerwerker also stated he had developed friendships with many high-ranking government officials, including the Trudeaus. He explained he was thus the envy of many people and created many enemies,” Power said.
While Feuerwerker told the probation officer he was “embarrassed to death” over the charges, he took no responsibility and showed no remorse for the crime, Power said. That was also the case for Pouliot, a retired French teacher with the federal government, who considers herself a victim. In her pre-sentence report, Pouliot blamed the insurance company that made the payments, claimed she never received any of the money and accused the court of conducting only a superficial examination of the evidence, Power said.
“The motive for this crime was one of greed, pure and simple,” said Power. “As time went on, it appears this greed was insatiable. It appears the greed was based on some weird sense of entitlement.”
Feuerwerker was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud, money laundering and possession of the proceeds of crime, but received an additional sentence of four years in lieu of paying a fine of more than $310,000 representing his share of the stolen money. Pouliot was sentenced to one year for fraud, money laundering and possession of proceeds of crime, but received an additional three years for forfeiting on her share of the fine.
Feuerwerker is the son of David Feuerwerker, a famous French rabbi and professor of Jewish history from France, according to the probation report.
The family moved to Montreal in 1966, where Feuerwerker’s family were neighbours with future Quebec premier Rene Levesque. Levesque paid tribute to Feuerwerker’s father when he died in 1980.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Feuerwerker’s arrest.
www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/wanted/emmanuel-eliezer-mardochee-feuerwerker (UPDATE: As of July 27th, 2018, Feuerwerker is still listed on the RCMP website as one of their most wanted fugitives)
Thoughts? Feuerwerker is my Canadian fugitive of the month for March 2017. I figured this would be an interesting case considering all the current U.S. controversy involving Russia as we have one involving Canada and Russia here. (Just saying the case is ironic in its' timing- not going to get political beyond that!). My fear is if Feuerwerker is in Russia himself which would make him impossible to catch. Keep in mind he's in 60's and 400 lbs and walks with a cane. How he hasn't been spotted after six years if still in Canada is beyond me!
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