The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that evidence gathered by Chinese police is being used against a Canadian businessman in an Ontario court in a case that will test the ties between law-enforcement agencies in China and Canada.
A triple-bylined item led by Craig Hoffman says that Gong Xiao Hua, also known as Edward Gong, was arrested in December after a joint probe by the Ontario Securities Commission and the RCMP in collaboration with China's Ministry of Public Security and authorities in New Zealand, where some of the alleged proceeds of crime were transferred.
Mr. Gong was one of the faces in a photo with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an event in 2016, where the Liberal leader courted members of Toronto's Chinese community. As Mr. Gong helped Mr. Trudeau make dumplings with other donors, the RCMP and regulators were already making inquiries into Mr. Gong's business dealings, according to court records. The OSC accuses Mr. Gong, 53, of masterminding the fraudulent sale of hundreds of millions of dollars in stock of his health-supplements company, O24, to Chinese citizens and funnelling a significant percentage of the money to bank accounts in Canada and New Zealand to use for personal benefit.
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