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Canadian whistleblower Andre Gauthier remains in prison as evidence mounts against alleged career sc

Left: Victim Andre Gauthier. Right "fraudster" Mohammed Al Haj

While Canadian citizen Andre Gauthier sits in a Dubai jail, inexplicably charged with the fraud he was instrumental in uncovering at Gold AE, once the UAE’s most prominent gold investment company; the alleged architect of the scam, Mohammed Abu Alhaj, has been allowed to replicate a similar investment scheme in Canada with a new business, and using a new name; potentially defrauding yet more unsuspecting investors, including the Canadian government.

Now going by the name Mohammed Abdel Mohammed, the former director of Gold AE escaped prosecution in the UAE when he fled to Canada as soon as the scam was discovered by Andre Gauthier back in 2014. He was provided a letter by former Canadian PM Jean Chrétien vouching for his character, and subsequently co-founded silver blockchain company Canndollar. A number of Canndollar investors and employees have recently filed criminal complaints against Mr. Mohammed, AKA Abu Alhaj, with the Financial Crimes section of the RCMP for alleged fraudulent activities.

It appears that Gold AE was not the first dubious investment scheme Alhaj was involved in, having headed a company in Dubai called Orion Overseas Holding between 2004-2009 which also fell into scandal and insolvency with millions of investors’ dollars lost.

“We are seeing what appears to be a clear and consistent pattern of suspected serial fraud on the part of Mr. Alhaj, going back 15 years,” said Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, who represents Andre Gauthier. “It is time for law enforcement to review the evidence against this individual, and for the growing list of fraud victims to stop. The wrongful prosecution of Andre Gauthier, who was not even an employee of Gold AE when the scam was perpetrated, who was responsible for discovering it, and who was tasked with recovering investor losses, needs to be dismissed immediately. Gold AE investors were deliberately misdirected by an associate of Mohammed Alhaj to file complaints against Andre precisely to indemnify Alhaj from culpability. That associate isnow serving time in Switzerland.