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Calgary men accused in multi-million dollar fraud at Lake Koocanusa resort

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CALGARY, AB – Two men from Calgary are facing charges, accused in a multi-million dollar fraud case involving vacation properties in southeast B.C.

Calgary Police (CPS) allege 61 year old Craig McMorran fraudulently sold RV park sites and “boat slips” as the owner and operator of Sweetwater Resort, a land development project on the shores of Lake Koocanusa.

CPS say their investigation revealed that sales contracts from both the R.V. park site and boat dock transactions were invalid.

In total, McMorran is accused of raking in more than $2 million from multiple victims who believed they were actually purchasing legitimate lot and dock spaces. It’s believed the frauds took place between 2013 and 2017.

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Staff Sergeant Geoff Gawlinski with the Calgary Police Service Economic Crimes Unit says before buying any land or lot packages, it is always recommended to research the company beforehand and to have a lawyer overlook contracts.

Calgary Police also arrested a 53 year old Gus Kalabalikis who they believe was an associate of McMorran’s. He’s accused of fraudulently selling cabin lots at the same resort.

Both men are facing charges of theft and fraud. McMorran is also accused of money laundering.

An investigation was launched when customers contacted police, suspicious about the legitimacy of the transactions they made after communication between them and the owner became infrequent.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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