July 5, 2023

A Toronto businessman accused of orchestrating a $12-million pandemic-related Ponzi scheme was arrested and charged with fraud by Toronto police on Monday, just hours after investigators discovered his location, CBC News has learned. 

Mark E. Cohen’s whereabouts had been unknown since last August. 

At the time, shadowy figures with ties to underground gambling rings, and others, began showing up at his former North York home demanding to know where he was and that he return large sums of money they had invested with him, according to a source familiar with the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

CBC News previously reported on those efforts to find Cohen and three lawsuits accusing Cohen of convincing investors to help him buy used cars that would be resold at huge profits amid the pandemic-triggered vehicle shortage last year.

The 42-year-old faces two charges of fraud over $5,000.

A Toronto police spokesperson confirmed Cohen’s arrest and the charges against him in an email to CBC News. 

Last August, one plaintiff alleges he discovered bank accounts shown above and associated with Cohen’s car business had been drained, according to his affidavit filed in court. (Submitted by Karrass Law)

Cohen appeared in Ontario Court of Justice in downtown Toronto on Tuesday and was released on bail. 

None of the criminal charges laid against Cohen or the allegations against him in civil filings have been proven in court.

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