Pizza chain charges laid

…a judge ordered Solhi's companies, 3 for 1 Pizza & Wings (Canada) and Triple Holdings Ltd., to refund the couple's deposit, plus other costs, for a total of $74,920. "The (Solhi) companies appealed the judgment, but their appeal was dismissed on July 6 with the court granting us our expenses," Stephen Scott said yesterday. "We have not received anything to this point."

The Toronto Star
September 3, 2004

Pizza chain charges laid
James Daw

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Toronto police have laid 12 new charges of fraud against two key players in the 3 for 1 Pizza & Wings (Canada) Inc. franchise chain.

Reza Mohammad Solhi, 37, of Richmond Hill, and Farzad (Fabio) Bagherzadeh, 32, of Toronto, were already scheduled for trial Nov. 29 on 13 earlier charges of fraud over $5,000.

Now Detective Theodore (Ted) Gaskin of Toronto Police Service says he hopes all 25 charges will be heard at once.

The new charges relate to a dozen different individuals or parties who paid a deposit for fully equipped pizza stores between 1997 and early this year.

Police allege the purchasers did not receive what they were promised, and did not recover their money.

Two of the alleged victims are Tricia and Stephen Scott of Barrie. Last October a judge ordered Solhi's companies, 3 for 1 Pizza & Wings (Canada) and Triple Holdings Ltd., to refund the couple's deposit, plus other costs, for a total of $74,920.

The judge discounted Solhi's testimony that the Scotts dealt with employees of Bagherzadeh's companies when they visited 3 for 1's former offices.

"The (Solhi) companies appealed the judgment, but their appeal was dismissed on July 6 with the court granting us our expenses," Stephen Scott said yesterday.

"We have not received anything to this point."

Several stores continue to operate under the 3 for 1 Pizza banner in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.


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