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Source: CFCF News, December 10, 2003



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{HOST INTRODUCTION: MUTSUMI TAKAHASHI}

ON THE STORY OF HARRIS BLACK - WHO RAN A JOB- SCAM IN MONTREAL. HE WAS CONVICTED OF FRAUD AND FINED, BUT MANY OF HIS VICTIMS ARE "STILL" WAITING FOR THEIR MONEY BACK.

{HOST INTRODUCTION: BILL HAUGLAND}

SOON AFTER, HARRIS BLACK DROPPED OUT OF SIGHT. BUT NOW HE'S RE-APPEARED IN MONTREAL...WITH A NEW AND DANGEROUS STRATEGY.

TODD YOU'VE BEEN COVERING THIS STORY, SINCE 2001, AND NOW YOU'RE "BACK ON THE CASE."

{HOST INTRODUCTION: TODD VAN DER HEYDEN}

THAT'S RIGHT, AND IT SEEMS HIS CRIMINAL RECORD GOES BEYOND JUST EMPLOYMENT FRAUD.

WE ORIGINALLY DID THREE REPORTS ON BLACK IN 2001 AND 2002 - WE HEARD HE WAS BACK IN TOWN AS OF OCTOBER...AND WE'VE BEEN TRACKING HIS ACTIVITIES.

HE HAS MULTIPLE COURT DATES COMING IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS...BUT AFTER INVESTIGATING WE FOUND OUT HE HAS CHANGED HIS "MODUS OPERANDI".

WE WANTED TO SEND OUT A WARNING TO PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY WOMEN. HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK:

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AFTER 18 MONTHS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, HARRIS BLACK IS BACK IN MONTREAL. TWO YEARS AGO, HE RAN PHOENIX ENTERPRISES, A JOB PLACEMENT AGENCY. MANY PAID, BUT GOT NO JOBS.

CONSUMER PROTECTION FINED HARRIS. HE ALSO FACED 44 FRAUD CHARGES. HE OPENED A SIMILAR BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER, BUT WAS SHUT DOWN WITHIN A YEAR. THIS TIME, INSTEAD OF MISLEADING JOB HUNTERS ABOUT THEIR FUTURE, HE'S MISLEADING WOMEN ABOUT HIS PAST.

[COMMENTS FROM VICTIM#1 "SARAH"] we ended up being intimate on a few occasions...

"SARAH" MET HARRIS THROUGH AN ONLINE DATING SERVICE.

[COMMENTS FROM SARAH] I was actually thinking this guy was a gift - he was great - he could magic, he could tell jokes, make me laugh, he was just great...and then this person is nothing and then you sort of question - how guillable am i?

HARRIS PLACED ADS ON SEVERAL INTERNET DATING SITES SELLING HIMSELF AS A PEDIATRICIAN.

THIS OTHER WOMAN MET HARRIS WHILE RESEARCHING A BOOK ON ON-LINE DATING.

[COMMENTS FROM SECOND WOMAN] it was very sweet and kind of disarming, the pediatrician part sounds like he's someone who's caring and also successful

THERE WAS A PART OF HIS PAST HE LEFT OUT. FOUR YEARS AGO, HARRIS PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND INDECENT EXPOSURE.

[COMMENTS FROM SECOND WOMAN] sounds like he's a creep...someone that sound definitely taken off the streets and that women should be made aware

WE TRACKED HARRIS TO THIS PLATEAU NEIGHBOURHOOD. USING A HIDDEN CAMERA AND SETTING UP A FAKE DATE AT A CAFE NEAR HIS HOME. WE HEARD HIS PITCH FIRST HAND. "DOCTOR" HARRIS TALKED ABOUT HIS BRAND NEW CLINIC.

[HARRIS BLACKS' COMMENTS CAUGHT ON HIDDEN CAMERA] I have an office now in the South Shore, I just bought it a few weeks ago (Oh, congratulations!) Thank you. (And you work at.) And I work at the Children's part-time. I'm opening up in January and I'll get all these sick kids come in.

HARRIS SAID HE PREFERRED HAVING HIS OWN PRIVATE PRACTICE.

[HARRIS BLACKS' COMMENTS CAUGHT ON HIDDEN CAMERA] But I didn't want to work at a hospital. I don't make a very good employee I find. So when you have your own practice, you can take off any Friday, or Monday, or any week you want. It's ideal.

[GARY MCHUGH'S COMMENTS] if this guy sexually assaulted a woman who went to see him for a job, it scares me to think what he might do to someone that's dating

GARY MCHUGH IS HARRIS BLACK'S NEMESIS. A FORMER PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WHO'S OWN DAUGHTER WAS DEFRAUDED. NOW GARY USES HIS WEBSITE, HARRISBLACKWATCH.COM TO WARN PEOPLE.

[SUPER=102-GARY MCHUGH/www.harrisblackwatch.com] i think they should know what they're getting into..i think before these women decide to go back to his apartment, they should know he's got a criminal record for sexual assault and for indecent exposure

OVER TWO YEARS, GARY'S COLLECTED BINDERS OF EMAILS, ADDRESSES, COURT DOCUMENTS.

[GARY MCHUGH'S COMMENTS] i was hoping he'd come back and get a job at mcdonald's, it's an honest living, but obviously he came back and telling everyone he's a pediatrician, so he has no intention of going straight so the least we can do is reduce his number of victims and that's why i'm still involved

THANKS TO THE WEBSITE, "SARAH" FOUND OUT THE TRUTH.

[SARAH'S COMMENTS]then i discovered that harris black the pediatrician was actually harris black the con artist

[SECOND WOMAN'S COMMENTS] if he's willing to lie to women about...something, being a doctor when he certainly isn't, I don't know what else he could be capable of

IN THE WORLD OF ONLINE DATING, EXAGGERATION IS COMMON. BUT SEVERAL DATING SITES ARE NOW WORKING TO KEEP HARRIS OFFLINE TO PROTECT FEMALE CLIENTS.

[GARY MCHUGH'S COMMENTS]they need to be advised they need to be real careful, especially here in montreal, because harris is back in town

BUT NOW THAT WORD IS OUT, HARRIS MAY SOON FIND THAT HIS WELCOME HOME IS A CHILLY ONE. FOR ON YOUR SIDE, I'M TODD VAN DER HEYDEN.

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[MUTSUMI TAKAHASHI: HOST QUESTION TO TODD VAN DER HEYDEN] Todd, any word on whether Harris has re-opened his job placement agency?

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[TODD VAN DER HEYDEN: HOST ANSWER] SO FAR, ACCORDING TO MY INFORMATION NO...HE HAS NOT...AT LEAST NOT YET.

BUT HARRIS NOT WORKING - SO THERE'S NO MONEY COMING IN...THAT'S WHY WE WILL BE CAREFULLY MONTORING HIM OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

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[BILL HAUGLAND: HOST QUESTION TO TODD VAN DER HEYDEN] Todd, I know the Montreal Fraud Squad, the RCMP and police in B.C. have investigated Harris, why haven't they been able to shut him down?

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[TODD VAN DER HEYDEN: HOST ANSWER] WELL, IT SEEMS THE PROBLEM LIES WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM - THEY CAN CHARGE HIM WILL A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS - BUT IF THE COURTS DON'T PUT HIM AWAY OR MAKE IT REALLY EXPENSIVE TO CONTINUE HIS ACTIVITIES, HE MAY CONTINUE DOING IT.

THAT'S WHY IT'S REALLY UP TO EACH OF US...TO BE CAREFUL. AND GET THE WARNING OUT THERE ABOUT HARRIS BLACK.

Source: http://209.71.205.232/cfcf/news/oys&id=253#253

 

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