Two residents of Surrey, British Columbia, allegedly defrauded Vancouver-based Telus operator of 450 iPhone X smartphones totaling $ 704,250.
According to a November 28, 2018 civil suit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Barinder Singh Sidhu and Karan Singh Multani were allegedly staffed by Olympia Transportation in Burnaby during a meeting on January 16, 2018 with Katie Bott and Saif Rehman.
Sidhu is a former employee of Olympia, a transportation company in British Columbia, which is also a "long-established and well-established client" of Telus.
As a result of its relationship with Olympia, the carrier did not request the payment of the iPhone 8 claim.
Telus claimed that Sidhu posed as Baljinder Sandhu, director of Olympia, "introducing himself and claiming to be Baljinder Sandhu."
Multani reportedly went through Amar Gill, the operations manager at Olympia.
The meeting would have taken place at a warehouse in Surrey, which Sidhu and Multani claimed to be a new business address for Olympia.
Soon after the meeting, Sidhu and Multani contacted Telus to place an order for 450 iPhone 8 smartphones as well as SIM cards.
Telus complied with the request, sending the iPhone 8 devices to the warehouse where the Sidhu and Multani met with Telus representatives.
Sidhu and Multani later sent the phones back to the operator, contacting Telus around May 18, 2018 to order 450 iPhone X devices and SIM cards.
According to the same filing on November 28, the cost of the new order totaled $ 704,250. Telus has sent an invoice for the iPhone X smartphones to the Olympia business address.
This cost represented a promotional price within three years.
Sidhu and Multani would have contacted Telus again in an attempt to get more discounts on the 450 smartphones.
"In all material epochs, Sidhu and Multani declared themselves Baljinder Sandhu and Amar Gill, respectively, and as authorized representatives of Olympia," says an excerpt from the BC. request in the supreme court.
Sidhu and Multani allegedly used the Facebook Marketplace online platform to try to sell some of the iPhone X devices they had obtained.
A Telus employee allegedly bought the iPhone Xs through the Facebook Marketplace, although the same employee tried to return the device as it was blacklisted and crashed.
"At all material moments, Sidhu and Multani declared themselves … authorized representatives of Olympia" – November 28
Telus began to become aware of a problem when the company attempted to collect payment for purchases.
True Amar Gill told Telus that his company had not placed either the first or the second smartphone order.
Telus representatives allegedly discovered the fraud during a meeting on August 15, 2018 with the true Gill.
"The representatives of Telus were also informed that Baljinder Sandhu is a woman and therefore that they have not previously met with the current Baljinder Sandhu," says an excerpt from the same statement of 28 November.
During the Aug. 15 meeting, an Olympia official telephoned Sidhu, allowing representatives of Telus, Bott and Rehman to identify the voice on the line as belonging to the individual posing as Sandhu.
Telus representatives also identified Sidhu, using an e-mail photograph by an Olympia employee.
"… Representatives of Telus were also informed that Baljinder Sandhu is a woman …" – November 28
Telus is currently seeking the return of all smartphones obtained by Sidhu and Multani, as well as general damages for conspiracy, fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, fraud, conversion and breach of contract.
Telus is also asking Sidhu and Multani to pay $ 704,250 – the cost of the 450 iPhone X devices sold to Olympia.
MobileSyrup contacted Telus to comment. This story will be updated with an answer.
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