A scandal we missed in 2011

Buddhism in Canada Buddhist community Charity Toronto

Back in 2011, Peter Mander was running a Ponzi scheme in Toronto in which SGI Canada was caught up, unbeknownst to them at the time. It turns out Mander was an ardent supporter of this Canadian Nichiren organization and gave them more than $320 thousand in donations over the period of a few years. When his scheme fell apart and he was exposed in 2011, SGI Canada was put in the awkward position of having to decide what to do. They decided to return the money. The story was complicated by the mysterious death of Mr. Mander in his home (in Flamborough, Ontario), and infighting amongst disaffected SGI members. The Globe and Mail ranked it as one of the top scandals of 2011.

Here are a few of the links:
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/946896–ponzi-scheme-duped-gta-dentists
http://mingkok.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/11652
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/death-adds-to-mystery-of-businessman-at-centre-of-investor-lawsuit/article1510110/?service=mobile
http://fraughtwithperil.com/markrogow/2010/07/16/sgi-canada-conman-dialogue-and-suicide/

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