Lost in translation: $275,000, police allege
[A freelance translator] thought nothing of it when a man asked if she wanted to subcontract some translation work from him two years ago.
... a small group of other translators who alleged they were not paid worked to bring the issue to the attention of police, finding dozens of other freelancers allegedly in similar situations.
The complainants, living in several Quebec cities, including Gatineau, Trois-Rivières and Montreal, were each missing anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars...
The man they had worked for "had many clients in the government and private sectors. It was unbelievable, the amount of work that this man was getting and all the poor souls that were out of money" [said the freelance translator]...
... a 50-year-old Gatineau man, faces 24 fraud charges after freelance translators allegedly were not paid a total of $275,000, according to Sûreté du Québec.
Police started an investigation in January  and said a man was allegedly paid by his clients, which included federal government organizations, but did not pay translators he had hired.
[The man] was arrested in Gatineau ... appeared in court and was released with conditions.
... a veteran Montreal translator, said he lost about $100,000."
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