Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Deportation for accused scammer

Court date here soon in alleged cancer fraud

  • Print

An American accused of scamming a Manitoba charity for kids with cancer is getting kicked out of the country -- it's just a question of when.

The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) ruled Wednesday in favour of deporting Tyrell Cox, 33, once his fraud and forgery charges are resolved.

IRB member Trent Cook sided with the government that Cox, who is neither a citizen nor permanent resident of Canada, is ineligible to stay in the country on the grounds of "serious criminality" due to his criminal past in the U.S.

Cox was arrested by Winnipeg police last August and accused of crimes of deceit relating to a fishing fundraiser for kids with cancer in 2011. He is presumed innocent and remains free in the community on conditions.

Jim Bais, treasurer of the Kids Fishing For a Cure event, previously told the Free Press he was approached by Cox, who used a fake name of Ty Chartrand, wanting to volunteer.

Bais said the arrangement was for Chartrand to give him a $7,200 cheque at the end of the event, but the money never appeared.

Bais said he went to police after he was presented with a deposit slip showing the funds had been given to CancerCare Manitoba, yet CancerCare had not received any money.

The Manitoba charges against Cox did not form part of Wednesday's IRB hearing. However, lawyer Frank Johnson said he believes Cox has a "very strong defence" to them. Johnston lost a bid to adjourn the deportation hearing until the "unfounded" fraud allegations were resolved.

The IRB hearing was told Cox has a prior conviction out of Carroll County, Md., in April 2001 for unlawful use of a credit card.

"I took full responsibility," Cox testified. "I had no jail time, no fees," he told Cook, adding he took a plea bargain to "shut the case down."

A police report and a signed statement said Cox called a phone-sex line and paid using a credit card a customer had left behind at a store where he worked, Cook said.

Cox also has a conversion-of-property conviction from Virginia in 2004, and is accused of failing to turn up in court in May 2008.

"I was already here," he told Cook. "I didn't know it was a court proceeding."

Cox's Manitoba charges return to provincial court Jan. 28.

The IRB hearing was told it was possible the Crown and government officials could move to stay the charges to speed up his deportation, as border officials can't remove Cox until they're concluded.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 16, 2014 B2

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

Comments are not accepted on this story because they might prejudice a case before the courts.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Bowman wants more than 'nuggets' for city in 2015 provincial budget

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Goslings with some size head for cover Wednesday afternoon on Commerce Drive in Tuxedo Business Park - See Bryksa 30 Goose Challenge- Day 12- May 16, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Down the Hatch- A pelican swallows a fresh fish that it caught on the Red River near Lockport, Manitoba. Wednesday morning- May 01, 2013   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


What should the new royal baby be named?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google