For more than three years, Edmonton police detail. Dan Beheals investigated notorious Edmonton landlord Abdullah Shah and some of his associates. In January 2021, when investigations concluded and no charges were filed, frustrated Beheals took the extraordinary step of leaking confidential investigation documents to the News. He is now suspended and facing disciplinary charges. Edmonton’s new series – Behind the Blue Line: Investigating Abdullah Shah – decided to keep those records and why the Beheals had their careers.
Part two looks at Project Fisk, a two-year investigation into Abdullah Shah and his company Home Placement Systems as a “suspected criminal organization”.
Project Fisk had one goal – to gather evidence to dismantle a “suspected criminal organization” led by notorious criminal Abdullah Shah, also known as Carmen Pervez.
Launched in 2019 and led by the now-suspended Edmonton Police Det. Don Behiales, the project is a joint operation of the Edmonton Police Service and the Canada Revenue Agency.
The investigation team is focused on money laundering, tax fraud and suspected crimes involving a criminal organization, Beheals said.
“In January 2019, members of the Edmonton Police Service identified the operation of Home Placement Systems (HPS) as a suspected criminal agency,” Behiel said in July 2019, seeking a search warrant on several assets related to information (ITO) Shaw as part of a 101-page provincial court document. Submitted
The ITO provides a snapshot of the investigation at the time it was submitted. This record was obtained in January 2021 after the provincial court overturned it in December 2020. Then in January, Project Fisk leaked thousands of pages of investigative material to Beheals News after the investigation closed and no charges were filed.
In an interview with News in the Spring News section, after he was suspended for leaking documents, Beheels explained why Project Fisk focused on home placement systems run by Shaw.
“With a statistically significant amount of money, I know there are more violent crimes than any problem in the City of Edmonton on property owned or controlled by Home Placement Systems,” said Beheals.
At the time of the investigation, officials wrote that “individuals operating for the benefit of the firm were cashing more than $ 500,000 believed to be criminal proceeds.” He alleges that Shah and his associates laundered money through casinos and real estate transactions through trust companies linked to numbers and HPS.
He alleges that HPS is actively involved in drug trafficking and smuggling criminal proceeds through more than $ 24 million in residential and commercial real estate in Edmonton.
Beheals accused several of Shah’s HPS associates of being involved in a criminal organization.
“Existing police investigations continue to involve investigators in this criminal organization, including drug trafficking, theft of stolen property and assaults, such as assault,” Beheals wrote.
“In January 2019, members of the Edmonton Police Service identified the operation of the Home Placement Systems (HPS) as a suspected criminal organization,” Beheals wrote in the ITO.
Search warrant issued
Following the filing of the ITO in July 2019, a provincial court judge issued search warrants on Shaw and his associates’ assets.
More than 11,000 exhibits were seized during the lengthy investigation. The evidence gathered suggested several witnesses who thought they were victims of Shaw.
When courts overturned the ITO in January this year, Shaw defense lawyer Paul Morey reviewed the document and wrote to the News.
“It is clear that Beheals has clearly lied in the information to be sworn in under the pledge to obtain search warrants.
Mohi suggested that Behiales behave with “obvious hatred and maliciousness” against Shah. He described Project Fisk as a “witch hunt” driven by “tunnel vision.”
Behiales denied Mohio’s allegations.
“When we launch an investigation like this, it is not directed at one person,” Behiales said in an interview earlier this year.
“It was to follow the evidence. As we followed the evidence, it constantly returned to the same places and people.”
Several Shaw HPS associates have now launched civil lawsuits against the Edmonton Police Service over statements made by Edmonton Police when the search warrant was issued.
Shah and crossing violent consequences
More than 100 witnesses have been identified as part of Project Fisk, according to leaked investigation materials, court documents and court hearings. Tens of thousands of people, including current and former employees, were interviewed by police.
One of them, Clark Moukhaiber, now 49, worked for the Shaw and HPS for about eight months until the two quarreled in January 2019.
The rift between the two men threatens Moukhaibar and Shah gets a criminal sentence.
Shaw approached several inmates on charges of possessing stolen property at the Moukhaibor Edmonton Remand Center and possession of drug paraphernalia. Those conversations were recorded and formed part of the ITO.
During a recorded conversation, Shaw said Moukhaibar “stole $ 90,000 from me” and paid $ 1,000 for “medical” once.
“I’m telling you straight, you have my talk. I don’t have a fk with my speech. So, that means everything to me, not the little dummy-urgent.”
Moukhaiber told Edmonton police that in part Shaw tried to start fentanyl trafficking instead of meth.
However, Shah’s lawyer, Paul Moreau, told the court that Shaw and Moukhaibar were separated after “a major theft of tools and equipment.”
After the two argued, Mouroue alleged that Maukhaibar threatened Shah and his family.
The assault never occurred on remand but Moukhaibar was violently assaulted twice after his arrest. One of the men whom Shah approached about the attack was Salem Godinjak. Godinjak later pleaded guilty to assaulting Moukhaibar with a weapon. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison and one year probation.
On Feb. 1, 2019, at a North Edmonton warehouse owned by the Shah, four men attacked Moukhaibar with a baseball bat, a ball-pean hammer, a Taser and a gun. Both of his hands were broken. He was burned by Tasard and shot in the leg. He had to have surgery.
Three weeks later, the trio approached him while Mukhaiber was digging snow. During the Shah’s bail hearing, the prosecutor told the jury that one man began punching Moukhaibar in the head and the other hung over him.
“Two spectators tried to intervene and [one assailant] Revolver prepared and showed it to two good Samaritans, “said Crown Prosecutor James Stewart during the bail hearing.” All this is happening on the public road in Edmonton. “
After the first assault, Moukhaiber agreed to cooperate with the police. He told investigators about the work he did for Shaw and the home placement systems.
“The role of Mukaiber in the organization can be described as middle management,” the ITO says. “His work included paying employees to a representative using methamphetamine provided to him at the ounce level [Shah] Straight ”
The ITO alleges that under Shah’s direction, Moukhaibar took stolen property for HPS in exchange for cash or meth.
In a recent email to one of Shaw’s lawyers, Erica Nordheim, Moukhaiber accused her of “very serious credibility issues” and “clearly intended to try to mock Mr Shaw in any way possible.”
“Mr Shaw’s allegations are unequivocally denied,” Norheim wrote.
In December 2020, Shaw pleaded guilty to a felony (causing bodily harm) counseling to ask several men to defeat Moukhaibar. He was sentenced to eight months’ house arrest, followed by a seven-month curfew.
This is the only criminal charge associated with Project Fisk.
Shaw business model
Abdullah Shah is a well-known landowner in the inner city of Edmonton, and has a 1983 criminal record that includes convictions for drug trafficking and mortgage fraud.
At one point he said he had about 100 rental properties in the city, but in 2020 his lawyers said he was going out of business.
They have previously described themselves as community-minded property owners who have tried to help others who are less fortunate.
Shaw has admitted that many of his tenants have criminal records, addiction or mental health issues and are unable to pass a credit check or obtain a damage deposit.
In a final report to the Provincial Crown about a two-year police investigation into Shaw and his HPS associates, Beheals noted that the tenants were provided with HPS without any credit check.
Damage deposits can also be waived and added to the side of the ledger’s debt.
The ITO says that the characteristics of home employment systems are used to generate income and make the home for “workers.”
In the report, a former HPS employee told police that Shaw’s “street reputation and history of violence has made it difficult for people to be hired under home placement systems recruitment because penalties for outstanding debts include violence.”
“The exploitation of existing and developing drug addicts is also a common mode of control, which the Shah used to control individuals with the intent to exploit them,” the report tells Crown Advisors.
The former employee is “the only person willing to explain the full nature of the exploitation. Shaw has been exploited, both criminal and non-criminal, to work under the threat of violence from slavery,” the report states.
When a search warrant was issued by Edmonton police in Shaw’s Riverbend home in July 2019, they seized the rental roll on 43 properties from June 2019. It showed that most of the rent was paid, but the tenants raised about $ 18,000 in debt.
The Beheals believe there are too many victims of Shaw and his organization.
He said this was mainly due to the leak of details of his investigation to the News last January, shortly after the Crown decided not to pursue criminal charges, saying there was insufficient evidence to justify the sentence, and Edmonton police closed the investigation
“I come to the conclusion that there is no effective way for the EPS or the justice system to address the issue that affects so many victims,” he told Beheals News.
“My hope is that if this is made public, they can avoid being a victim in the future.”
Coming Tomorrow: Part Three: Police and CRA Evidence against Home Placement Systems and Shaw.