Alleged auto fraudster may be dealing cars again
Windsor Police believe Jamal Hazime is working at a dealership in Beirut
Hazime and two people who worked for him at Big 3 Pre-owned Auto Sales and 5 Diamond Motors are facing multiple counts of fraud and forgery.
Police say they have concerns about some sales contracts and financing agreements.
Windsor Police Staff Sgt. Gerry Corriveau says a detective "very familiar" with the case suspects Hazime is working for Kanaan Auto in Lebanon.
Corriveau said a Windsor Police detective did reach and spoke with Hazime at the dealership over the phone.
CBC News called Kanaan Auto, but was unable to confirm whether Hazime works there. A person who answered the phone hung up when Hazime was asked for.
Hazime was given permission by the court to visit his ailing mother in Lebanon earlier this fall. He failed to return as promised on Nov. 3.
A warrant for Hazime's arrest has been issued. The other two accused remain in Windsor and are adhering to bail conditions, Corriveau said.
Windsor Police are still investigating the fraud case and continue to file at least six calls each day from people who suspect they may have been defrauded.
"As a result of the publicity that was generated, we've had a large number of people come forward and speak to us and ask us, 'have I been defrauded, how can I tell?' Those type of things," Corriveau said.
Corriveau said investigators have heard from hundreds of people who think they may be victims.
Corriveau says the crown may have trouble prosecuting the case if Hazime does not return to Windsor.
"It doesn't affect our investigation of the case, but it may ultimately affect the crown council's ability to prosecute it," Corriveau said.