Dec 20, 2016

King Connection

By Jeremy Grimaldi 

When Spyros “Peter” Goudas came to Canada from Greece in 1967 he had no money, spoke no English and knew not a soul.

But he worked hard and earned enough to buy a small packaging plant, eventually growing the new company,  Mr. Goudas, into one of Canada’s largest independent food companies, the label for which will be familiar to many, gracing a number of international products ranging from rice to hot sauce to beans.


Dec 20, 2016





Posted on Tuesday December 20, 2016

Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit have arrested nine people and laid 42 charges in connection to a criminal organization responsible for defrauding, businesses, banks and private investors of more than $30 million dollars.

In November 2014, York Regional Police commenced an investigation into the accused John SIMMONDS and his company AC Simmonds Group.

Police and the Ontario Securities Commission received several complaints from victims alleging they had been defrauded by Simmonds and his co-accused.

In early 2014, the company BLVD Holdings, one of the 80 shell companies registered by Simmonds Group began the process of acquiring a food shipping company in York Region.

AC Simmonds was to purchase the company for $10 million from the original owner who had started the company and operated it for the past 45 years.

Once Simmonds took control of the business, he replaced the current system for maintaining the financial records to misrepresent the financial status of the company.

Simmonds and his co-accused, systematically submitted fraudulent documentation from one of his many shell companies and business interests to increase the value of the company in order to secure additional money from lenders, creditors and investors.

Between April and August 2014, in the 5 months that Simmonds had taken control of the food company, he funnelled large sums of money out of the existing business to himself, the co-accused and his shell companies to the point of bankrupting the food company.

The total fraud value at this time is believed to be over $30 million.

Anyone with information or anyone who has had business agreements with BLVD Holdings or  AC Simmonds Group are asked to contact Detective Ken Bardai with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6671, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.


  • John SIMMONDS, 66, of King
  • Carrie WEILER, 57, of Nobleton
  • Ian BRADLEY, 71, of Toronto
  • Donald FENTON, 67, of Toronto
  • Jason WILLIAMS, 44, of Severn
  • Michael GRIECO,  63 of Vaughan
  • Deborah SIMMONDS, 56, of Aurora
  • Tyrone GANPAUL, 67, of Mississauga
  • John MPARDAKIS, 45, of Toronto

Charges Include:

  • Fraud Over $5,000
  • Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
  • Use a Forged Document
  • Fraud-Other Means
  • Laundering Proceeds of Crime
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Fraud Affecting Public Market
  • False Prospectus
Dec 20, 2016

December 20, 2016 2:41 pm

Updated: December 21, 2016 10:35 am

 Canadian businessman, ClubLink co-founder John Simmonds     charged in $30 million fraud

By Adam Miller Online Journalist  Global News


Feb 14, 2017


Royal Bank of Canada involved in fraud,
bankrupted entrepreneur"Mr Goudas" claims

February 14, 2017 by 

The man who founded one of Canada’s most beloved brands of ethnic food says he lost his business to a fraud because he trusted his banker, the Royal Bank of Canada. (Nudge Nudge Wink Wink)
Mar 24, 2017


A Canadian based food tycoon namely; Spyros Peter Goudas who owned and operated the popular food brand “Mr. Goudas” has been on a quest to secure legal representation to assist with several legal matters, to no avail.

The untimely court-appointed Receivership of his company has resulted in a ‘Rags to Riches to Rags’ storyline in the heart of Canada’s food industry, to millions of consumers, suppliers and as per letters of appreciation.

The landscape of Canada’s food industry has taken a severe blow and competition in the ethnic food market is at an all-time high in Canada’s food-chain supply.

Apr 13, 2017


Mimi Karampatos was born in Sparta, Greece in 1932.
Mr Spyros Peter Goudas had the pleasure of meeting Mimi in the early 80's while she was involved as a volunteer at the Prophet Elias, Greek Orthodox Church located in Mississauga, Ontario. 


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