Anthony, Claudia and Marisa Campanelli-Pittarelli facing 16 new charges
Three Lethbridge residents are facing more fraud charges in connection with an alleged investment scheme that lost investors over $1 million.
42-year old Anthony Pittarelli, 38-year old Claudia Pittarelli and 63-year old Marisa Campanelli-Pittarelli were charged with four counts of fraud in June of 2011.
The Calgary RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Team (IMET) have now charged the trio with an additional 12 charges.
All the charges against the Pittarellis stem from an alleged scheme where investors were promised high rates of return through the resale of event tickets. Inspector Gord Sereda of IMET says police believe that there was no legitimate resale business and investors were paid from money from other investors. Police also allege that the three used investors’ money for their own personal enrichment.
“These types of investigations are often complex and require significant resources and time to complete”, says Inspector Gord Sereda. “A variety of investigative techniques are utilized to capture evidence within Alberta, other provinces and in other countries”. Inspector Sereda is a team leader of the Calgary Integrated Market Enforcement Team
In addition to the four charges laid against the Pittarellis in June, 2012, on November 14, the RCMP IMET laid 12 additional charges against Anthony and Claudia Pittarelli and Marisa Campanelli-Pittarelli.
The charges against each of the accused include six counts of fraud over $5,000, six counts of theft over $5,000, one count of possession of property obtained by crime,one count of money laundering, one additional count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud over $5,000.
The three will appear in Lethbridge Court on January 7, 2013 to answer the charges.
The IMET program prevents, investigates and supports the prosecution of serious Criminal Code capital market fraud offences that threaten investor confidence or economic stability in Canada.