A 28-year-old American who'd been facing a slew of charges in Toronto over several bizarre fraud schemes has been released from prison after striking a plea deal.
Simon Gann was then deported from Canada - though the Canadian Border Service Agency won't say where they sent him, and officials in his native United States say they never received him.
Mr. Gann had been facing 20 charges, 14 of them for fraud, accused of posing as a man named "Giancarlo Dinatale." He was accused of being a small-time operator who befriended people, made up stories and persuaded them to give him money.
"Mr. Dinatale" often claimed to be a mathematician who worked for Goldman Sachs, and appears to have relied on such schemes for food and shelter. Mr. Gann is homeless.
In some schemes, he was alleged to have borrowed money after claiming he was robbed. In others, he told people at casinos that he was a card whiz, and that he would make them a healthy profit if they spotted him some money for blackjack. He has a twin brother in jail in Florida for similar crimes.
Mr. Gann faced a long list of charges in Toronto, where at least seven victims came forward. One student lost $500 after "Mr. Dinatale" contacted her on Craigslist, while another victim lost $460 after meeting "Mr. Dinatale" in a bar.
In a court earlier this month, Mr. Gann pleaded guilty to a reduced count of seven charges, most of them fraud, his lawyer said. He was sentenced to time served, plus a day, and released, Toronto police Detective Constable Robert Speakman said.
The Canadian Border Services Agency had earlier said Mr. Gann "faces removal from Canada once criminal proceedings and any resulting terms of imprisonment are concluded." They said last night he was deported on Wednesday.
But U.S. officials, who are waiting to arrest him on an outstanding minor charge in Massachusetts, say they never got him, as was expected.
"We have been anticipating his return for a while now," said Ron Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Detroit. "Simon Gann has not re-entered the U.S. at this time."
Meanwhile, an e-mail account said to have been used by Mr. Gann has become active once more. E-mails coming from it are signed by Mr. Gann and in the name of a reported alias of his - Simone Buscaglia - but it is impossible to confirm he is the author.
The sender, however, wrote The Globe and Mail, which first profiled him two weeks ago, as well as a woman who maintains a website issuing warnings about Mr. Gann and his brother. The writer claiming to be Mr. Gann says he is back in the United States and cleared of charges, both false claims.
He gives no indication of his whereabouts.
"[T]e customs at U.S. border took me in without so much as a shrug," the writer claiming to be Mr. Gann said. Asked to arrange an interview, the writer replied: "nothings free in this world … its [sic]going to cost you. whats [sic]in it for me?"Report Typo/Error