Nova Scotia mass murderers have accumulated cash through “illegitimate or suspicious” means


Nova Scotia’s mass murderers used “illegal or suspicious means” to collect cash and enjoyed a lifestyle far in excess of the reported annual income of $ 40,000, according to a 2020 murder investigation.

However, a document released Tuesday revealed that the shooter was involved in organized crime, despite rumors that it surfaced after it was revealed that he had withdrawn $ 475,000 in cash from Brinks’ office shortly before the rampage. Or no evidence of being a police informant was found.

A newly released summary of evidence (known as the basic document) is the plans Gabriel Wortman used to enrich himself and 705,000 buried under the asset deck in Portapique, Nova Scotia. We are investigating the tendency to hide large amounts of cash, including dollars.

The extravagant spending of a shooter who killed 22 people in 13 hours from April 18-19, 2020 before being shot by police is his “modest reported annual income and other visible sources of income.” I read the document that I was not in step with. “There is no clear answer for all his sources of income, but there is a clear pattern of fraudulent transactions.”

Lisa Banfield, the murderer’s inner spouse, answered a question from the denture business that he “did not claim what he actually made,” but as far as she knows, he is not. There was no source of income.

Banfield works at Gunman’s Dartmouth Denture Clinic and was usually a clinic that accepts payments from patients. She said she paid “lots” of them in cash. At the end of the day, she said that at their residence above the clinic, she would bring cash to Wartman upstairs. If she pays the patient by check, she cashes them and brings him money.

Mr. Banfield was instructed to ask the patient to check his dentures with Wartman, not his job, Mr. Banfield said.

Between 2012 and 2019, Gunman’s average annual salary from his Atlantic Denture Clinic was $ 39,916, according to a report from the Financial Accounting Group. Banfield’s reported annual salary for her work at the clinic was $ 15,288.

During this period, the report found that Wartman received an additional $ 232,900 in his personal account and an additional $ 96,755 in a joint account shared with Banfield, but where did the money come from? Not shown.

Reports commissioned by the investigation found that both Banfield and the shooters spent more than their reported income. For example, Wortman spent about $ 23,600 on items from the federal government’s GC Surplus and $ 19,400 through PayPal between December 2017 and May 2020. During this same period, Banfield spent about $ 56,000 in grocery and clothing stores.

From December 2017 to April 2020, Wartman’s accounts totaled approximately $ 865,600 in deposits and over $ 1.16 million withdrawals, including those shared with Banfield, those for holding companies and those for denture companies. Had

On March 30, 2020, there was a $ 475,000 cash withdrawal involving speculation that CIBC and Brinks were being paid as police informants, but after investigation, Wartman found that the COVID-19 pandemic was Canadian. After falling into the delusion that it would cause the collapse of the money, I withdrew money. Bank.

Joe Morgand, senior manager of corporate security at CIBC, told RCMP that he was initially concerned about Wartman’s request for cash withdrawals.

However, after conducting an email communication between CIBC employees and shooters, Morgan realized that Wartman was interested in the “bank status” and that “a significant number of other customers” said ” The banking system will collapse due to a pandemic. “

Mr. Morgand said it was unusual for someone to demand such a large amount of money, but Wartman was a “gradual earner” and “middle-aged expert” and now wants to withdraw it. rice field. He said banks processed withdrawals through Brinks because they didn’t want to risk having so much cash on the premises if something went wrong.

RCMP denies that Wartman worked as an informant, and in another report of the investigation, investigator Dwayne King concluded that the $ 475,000 withdrawal was not a payment for the informant’s job. I attached it. King said police would go to a business with video surveillance and identify the informant, just as Wartman had to do to recover money from Brinks, although the informant would be paid in cash. Said that it would not require to provide.

This document describes rumors that the murderer is involved in drug trafficking. Wartman and Banfield frequently traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Banfield replied that she often stayed “all day” during her vacation, but found no evidence of drug trafficking or other criminal activity during the trip.

One piece of evidence indicates that you may be involved in the sale or purchase of large quantities of cannabis. The 2018 ViaRail boarding pass found in Wartman’s belongings had a handwritten note that looked like a cannabis price list. The back of the Via Rail ticket is named after the cannabis stock and has a price note such as “5lb = $ 5,000”.

Banfield confirmed inquiries that the notes were handwritten by Wartman, but said she had never seen them before. She became a dentist because she had never seen drugs on her property and believed that Wartman was a good way to make “a lot of money” to her investigators. She said she chose.

Lindsay Armstrong

Canadian press