Mr. Goudas Events and News

Oct 14, 2017

 

Nine people charged in alleged $30M fraud, police say

Courtney Greenberg, CTV News Toronto 
Published Tuesday, December 20, 2016 5:56PM EST 
Last Updated Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:12PM EST

Dozens of charges have been laid against nine people in connection with a fraud investigation worth more than $30 million.

York Regional Police said they started looking into a company called AC Simmonds Group, owned by King City resident John Simmonds, in November 2014.

Officers and the Ontario Securities Commission said they received complaints from businesses, banks private investors alleging they had been defrauded by Simmonds and others.

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

The Simmonds Group was expected to purchase the food shipping company for $10 million from the original owner Spyros Peter Goudas, who had been operating it for the past 45 years.

Police alleged that when Simmonds took over BLVD Holdings, the system for maintaining financial records was replaced and the financial status of the company was misrepresented.

Simmonds and his co-accused systematically submitted fraudulent documentation from one of his many shell companies and business interests, police said.

This was done to increase the value of the company in order to secure more money from lenders, creditors and investors, according to investigators.

During the five months that Simmonds had control of the food company, from April to August 2014, police said he funnelled large sums of money out of the existing business to himself, the co-accused and his shell companies.

The food company was eventually bankrupted, according to investigators. Police said they believe the current total fraud value is more than $30 million.

Officers arrested nine people who are now facing 42 charges, including fraud over $5,000, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, using a forged document and laundering the proceeds of a crime.

Anyone with information about BLVD Holdings or AC Simmonds Group can contact the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at 1-866-876-5423.

 

 
Oct 14, 2017

John Mpardakis

Over 20 years of experience in the Accounting and Finance field, with an extensive background in production costing, ISO 9000:2002 quality control, .html programming, ISO 22000 (HACCP) quality control, production scheduling, and procurement. 

He started working in 1992 with Belle-Pak Packaging in Markham, Ontario, while graduating from the CGA Accounting and Finance program at Seneca College.

In 1997, he introduced the company's first quality manual, implemented its policies, and completed its final audit in a record 3 weeks from commencement. 

Belle-Pak was awarded the FedEx contract, as a direct result from his quality control efforts, which exceeded 12 million dollars for the then 20 million dollar sales volume.

From 1992 to 2001, he was promoted 7 times until he finally settled at the position of controller. 

In 1999, he originally met Spyros Peter Goudas and his team as a consultant, helping in the business strategies and goals for identifying and modifying sales risk, organizing the sales force to be more effective and efficient, as well as managing the WSIB for a safer workplace.

In 2001, he worked more closely with the company to help obtain accounts like Zellers, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, and the Katz Pharmacy Group.

Parallel He started working in already developed in Mr. Goudas website called www.Flyermall.com, which is one of the top website’s in the world for electronic flyers.

The creation of this website has proved to be invaluable for information on product promotions, and helping Mr. Spyros Goudas to keep a close eye on the competition in the ethnic food market.

In 2006, he moved to Europe to be closer with family relatives.

In 2006, he took on the roll of General Manager of Artima, a distribution company located in Thessaloniki, Greece, where its core business is in the refrigerated and frozen dairy products.  In 2009, he implemented and completed the ISO22000:05 Quality certification. 

He established changing the business model to include private labeling for potential clients, which relates to 40% of the sales volume.  His negotiation skills and experience persuaded vendors in the EU for exclusivity of Dairy products for the Greek market.

Some of the companies include The A-Ware Food Group (Holland), Fude + Serrahn (Germany), Biraghi SPA, (Italy), Eilers & Wheelers (UK), Henry Willig, (Holland) and many more.  The agreements made with these companies provided the foundation for expansion and contracts with supermarkets such as D. Masoutis S.A., Pente S.A., AB Vassilopoulos S.A. (part of the DelHaize Group), Makro Cash and Carry (The Metro Group eG, Germany), and many more.

This young company started business in 2002, and as a direct result of Mr. Mpardakis’ involvement, the company now enjoys being the third largest distributor of refrigerated and frozen dairy products within the Greek market.

The economic situation and outlook in Greece fueled his decision to bring his family back to Canada in 2013.

Since announcing  to Mr. Goudas in May of 2013 his  decision to return to Canada, Mr. Goudas offered him a position for business development, in the sales management team, as well as product research and development, video production for his speeches, educational videos like Yoyoy Villame in Philippine  geography, the best garden in the world,  Tavli (Backgammon), teaches a Cambodian to become World Tavli (Backgammon) Champion . 

In the short time after his return, he has been able to solidify accounts such as T&T Supermarkets (part of the Loblaw's Group) Shoppers drug mart and others.

His database management and programming skills help create an online sales order system for streamlining the sales ordering process.

 

 
Dec 29, 2016

 

CANADA 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

A prominent Canadian businessman and co-founder of Canada’s largest golf club operator has been charged with eight business associates in connection with an alleged criminal organization that defrauded businesses, banks and investors of more than $30 million.

In November 2014, York Regional Police launched an investigation into John Simmonds, 66, of King City, Ont., and A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc., of which he is the chairman and CEO.

Police and the Ontario Securities Commission said they received several complaints from people who claimed to have been defrauded by Simmonds and his co-accused.

In early 2014, investigators determined the company BLVD Holdings was one of 80 shell companies registered by A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc. and had begun the process of acquiring a food shipping company in York Region.

A press release from March 2014 showed BLVD Holdings acquired Goudas Food Products and Investments Ltd., also known as Mr. Goudas Foods, on March 28, 2014.

“This gives us a secure foothold in a growth market which is strategically key to our long term success,” Simmonds said in the release. “Goudas has built a successful operation with reliable brands and good market penetration. We see numerous growth opportunities including Western Canada and the United States.”

The release said Goudas Food grew “to be a leading Canadian supplier of ethnic and international food products” from “modest beginnings” in 1967 and was projected to double its profits in 2016 under the continued management of its founder Spyros (Peter) Goudas.”

“John G. Simmonds began his career with AC Simmonds and Sons, now in its 96th year,” the release stated.

“He co-founded the largest Canadian golf course operation and has successfully grown companies and built effective teams. Simmonds has served as chairman and board director of several public companies.”
But police said that once Simmonds took control of the business, he replaced their system of maintaining 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,” police said.

“Between April and August 2014, in the five 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.”

Simmonds was also charged by the Ontario Provincial Police in July with two counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of theft over $5,000, two counts of money laundering and two counts of possession of the proceeds of crime.

Police alleged he became involved in an attempt to purchase the Fanotech Group of Companies, which manufacture garbage trucks and waste receptacles in Huntsville and Bracebridge, Ont. between 2009 and 2011.

The Globe and Mail profiled Simmonds in its “Success Stories” section in July 2014, and said his company “acquires profitable businesses for expansion and development.”

A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc. had also worked in the film industry and the profile said it also had businesses in the international food, oil and gas, mould remediation, waste management, renewable energy and leisure industries with combined revenues projected at more than $500 million.

“Mr. Simmonds grew up in the family business, originally founded by his grandfather as A.C. Simmonds & Sons Ltd., in 1918. After abandoning law studies [his grandmother’s wish], he joined as a partner in 1975,” the story stated.

“Between 1989 and 1993, Mr. Simmonds co-founded and developed the ClubLink public golf enterprise with his brothers. By 1993, he bought out all other family members of A. C. Simmonds & Sons, and he has been chairman and CEO since 2003.”
Simmonds said in the story he had “probably acquired a couple of hundred companies” over the years and that he intended to buy 25 more in the second half of 2014.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else. I don’t excel at golf. Pretty much what I excel at is buying, selling and operating businesses,” Simmonds said. “This is my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

A full list of the suspects charged are as follows:

  • John Simmonds, 66, of King City, Ont.
  • Carrie Weiler, 57, of Nobleton, Ont.
  • Ian Bradley, 71, of Toronto
  • Donald Fenton, 67, of Toronto
  • Jason Williams, 44, of Severn, Ont.
  • Michael Grieco, 63 of Vaughan, Ont.
  • Deborah Simmonds, 56, of Aurora, Ont.
  • Tyrone Ganpaul, 67, of Mississauga
  • John Mpardakis, 45, of Toronto

The accused face the following charges:

  • Fraud Over $5,000
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Using a forged document
  • Fraud by other means
  • Laundering the proceeds of crime
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Fraud affecting the public market
  • False prospectus

Anyone with information or anyone who has had business agreements with the companies BLVD Holdings or A.C. Simmonds Group are asked to contact Det. Ken Bardai with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6671 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

With files from Leslie Whyte

 

 
Dec 20, 2016

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King businessman John Simmonds charged in $30M fraud against food shipper Mr. Goudas

Simmonds is a serial fraudster," says former owner Spyros "Peter" Goudas

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.

After 45 years running the company, Mr. Goudas decided to take a step back from the front lines in 2014, eventually selling the company to King City businessman John Simmonds, according to York Regional Police.

But Det. Ken Bardai says Simmonds, 66, is a fraudster who modelled himself on a slick 1960s movie character played by James Garner, who buys failing businesses before reselling them for big money.

He was identified in the Globe and Mail in a 2014 article as chair and CEO of A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc, a King City company which was then in the process of changing its name from BLVD Holdings Inc.

“It kind of inspired me to be this character called Cash McCall, doing takeovers and that sort of thing,” he told the Globe and Mail. “I’ve become Cash McCall, so now we’re actually negotiating for the rights to remake the movie.”

The article named him as the co-founder of ClubLink, who had his fingers in a number of “growth sectors” including “international food, oil and gas and waste management” the combined revenues of which were “projected to reach $500 million in the next few years.”

Simmonds grew up in a family business run by his grandfather and then father, which sold light bulbs, radio parts, hi-fi systems and wireless devices in the 1980s and '90s.

In 1993, he says, he bought out the rest of his family from A.C. Simmonds & Sons.

It was in 2014 that BLVD Holdings, one of 80 shell companies registered by Simmonds, according to police, bought out Goudas Food Products and Investments Ltd for $10 million, giving Goudas stock options in a shell company and promising to make him rich, says Bardai, who has been working on the case for two years.

Over the next five months, Bardai suggests, Simmonds misrepresented how much money the company was making, defrauding creditors, bankers, private investors and suppliers of more than $30 million.

 An investigation was started after police and the Ontario Securities Commission received a number of complaints.

“He was selling shares in his company saying we are on the verge of buying another company, (the shares were sold) to people in Barrie, Huntsville, the GTA and Florida,” Bardai added, noting that suppliers were also ripped off from the Canada and United States, spreading from York Region to Texas.

“Between April and August 2014 Simmonds…funnelled large sums of money out of the existing business to himself and the co-accused…to the point of bankrupting the company.”

It is alleged that about 50 people lost their jobs as a result of the bankruptcy.

In an affidavit to the insolvency proceedings for Goudas Food Products and Investments Ltd, Mr. Goudas explains what he believes happened.

“I now realize John Simmonds is a serial fraudster who is primarily in the business of pumping and dumping penny stock of companies he controls,” he said. “I learned that he has, on numerous occasions, bought, or attempted to buy, operating businesses, and looted them in a manner similar to the manner in which [Goudas Food Products and Investments Ltd] was looted after I sold it to him.

In the past Simmonds, who currently resides in Uxbridge, has also announced plans to open a casino and 12-hole golf course to Wasaga Beach, but was eventually charged with fraud and money laundering by the OPP’s anti-rackets in relation to a Bracebridge waste management vehicle company called Fanotech.

According to media reports the investigation was in relation to allegations by Fanotech owner Gabe Tomassoni that Simmonds was attempting to “raid his company."

Also charged in the alleged Mr. Goudas fraud are:

Carrie Weiler, 57, of Nobleton,

Ian Bradley, 71, of Toronto,

Jason Willians, 44, of Severn,

Michael Grieco, 63, of Vaughan,

Deborah Simmonds, 56, of Aurora,

Tyrone Ganpaul, 67, of Mississauga

 John Mpardakis, 45, of Toronto.

They have been charged with a slew of offences including fraud over $5,000, using forged documents and possession of property obtained by crime.

 
Mar 29, 2014

Another Milestone, another Triumph

A lifetime of accomplishments coloured with moments of pain or illness amongst business gains and mishaps - the tip of the iceberg for many of us.
Experiences and challenges surpassed that some can or choose only to imagine. Never accepting defeat or succumbing to the pressure and uncertainties of his business or personal life.
Few, like him, have emerged time and time again, scarred, but wiser, stronger and more motivated than ever before.
Therein lays an unquestionable mark of perseverance amidst life’s qualms and a testament to his resilience, resourcefulness and strength.

“The Man of all Seasoning” has for the past forty years established himself and his over one thousand food products within the ethnic communities in Canada.

So much so, that many believe he is from “their” part of the world.



Caribbean, Filipino, Indian, Asian, etc. he is not, but given the exceptional taste and quality of his products one would never know.

In 1967, with very little means, a handsome, ambitious, young, man arrived in Halifax, Canada from Greece since then has weathered many storms, fought many battles and won.
His life, its highs and lows have all abetted in his insurmountable success and the legacy which he has amassed and now shares over his websites.

From his recipes, his books and articles and the many food items available all over Canada under numerous brands but most popularly under the Mr. Goudas label. All evidence of seventy three years well spent giving in one form or another to others.
And now as he embarks on the other half (I’d like to think) of his sojourn, it is my hope that he is truly, happy with all he has accomplished, created and shared.

His unquestionable philanthropy and service to others as evidenced in his letters of appreciation amidst all else is why he is recognised and celebrated not just today but everyday.

In his Biography he preface’s:

“All people moving to another country, facing a new culture, language and surroundings,

without any friends or any money. Young people who can learn from my experiences.

Those who are depressed and are feeling as though the world is crashing around them, due to bad luck or serious injury….This is a solid testament of my desire to share feelings, experiences,

accomplishments, the highs and lows, with our customers, general public, supporters, friends and even the competition, whose respect I feel that I have earned.”

Clearly the stars were aligned, when the Creator on the 29th of March, 1942, Palm Sunday, blessed Thekla, with a beautiful, boy named Spyros. It is 73 years later, and an extraordinary human being and business man is celebrated.

Happy Birthday Sir Peter Spyros Goudas! It is a pleasure to have made your acquaintance.

May your journey go on with good stead while you continue to impart knowledge, advice, recipes and create food products that fortify and sustain us.

 

With Profound Respect and Admiration

Mickel Allen

 
Jan 18, 2012
You sometimes see them in the store and wonder what are those things! In fact, they are a very important part of the diet throughout Asia and the Caribbean. They are commonly eaten when very ...... 
May 16, 2007

 

One of the finest magazines in Canada, dedicated to presenting Asian dishes, has assigned a whole page that features Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas products. Included are several recipes based on these ingredients. 

The Asian market in Canada is changing. Lately, the Chinese is by far the largest ethnic population compared to the Italians who were leading 30 years ago. 

His products are diversified and many of our products are geared towards that market. 

In fact, when Chinese buy rice, they do not just buy any rice, but they insist on Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas rice!

 
Feb 9, 2005

The canning process involves the sterilization of the fruit through the application of appropriate temperature levels as well as the length of time within the retorts.
Care is taken to maintain a high consistency from the beginning of the canning to the end. There are tendencies for Ackees to be overcooked in the canning process.
This results in the inclusion of soft and messy fruits.
Those would be evident in lower quality brands

 
May 2, 2003
John Costas, franchise store owner of food basics on Jane and Wilson area.

Making a final inspection on the Mr. Goudas products section.

In Preparation for Mr. Goudas' surprise 30th in Canada anniversary party.

For more details in the check out the inner pages of the web site. 
Mar 28, 2003
What else could make Mr. Goudas happy on the occasion of his birthday. 

The cake says it best. A friend of his personally delivered this to him. Upon opening it he was all smiles, and jokingly inquired, "Is this really a rice cake, man?" 

Of course the answer was yes. After all, really and truly, Goudas Rice is very nice. 

Upon cutting the cake,and ensuring everyone had a slice, we all enjoyed the cake made from Rice flour. 


Mr. Goudas gave us instructions to write a recipe for rice cake which we will do some time in the future. 
Feb 26, 2003

 

Mourelatos Supermarche is one of the finest stores servicing the Montreal area. This supermarket is located in 6 convenient areas.

Mourelatos carries over 500 Mr. Goudas products since February 2003. If you are in the Montreal area, and you are looking for famous Mr. Goudas products, and they are not sold at these stores, contact the manager to have the item displayed.

Also, for more information on this supermarket, visit www.mourelatos.com

 
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