News : Telemarketer Sued Over Loan Guarantee to Anne Squires Firm
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, April 28, 2016 -- A Montreal businessman once accused by federal regulators of running a $60-million deceptive telemarketing operation is now being sued over a loan guarantee he allegedly provided to a numbered company with links to Anne Squires of Exit Realty on the Rock.
The Bank of Montreal filed the lawsuit against Shawn Frank at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court earlier this month — the same day it launched two actions against Squires.
CBC News revealed in February that Frank and his two brothers were the founding directors of Exit Realty on the Rock when it was launched in 2004.
Shawn Frank signed the fledgling firm's first application for a real estate licence back in November 2004.
The Montreal businessmen were retroactively delisted as directors of Exit Realty on the Rock after federal agents raided their Infotel call centre in St. John's weeks later.
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Six years later, in 2010, the federal Competition Bureau charged the Frank brothers for an alleged role in "deceptive telemarketing activities related to business directory scams" resulting in estimated revenues of $60 million between 1999 and 2004.
But a series of court delays led a Quebec judge to stay the charges in 2013. The case never went to trial.
Shawn Frank did not respond to CBC News messages two months ago about his role in the founding of Exit Realty on the Rock, or an inquiry this week about the pending lawsuit.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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