Addiction Canada Inc., a chain of private addiction treatment centers in Alberta and Ontario presently facing allegations of unpaid wage running into hundreds of thousands of dollars has resurfaced as Canadian Addiction Recovery Network (http://canadianaddictionrecoverynetwork.ca/). John Haines, CEO of Addiction Canada Inc., himself is currently facing five charges including two counts of fraud worth millions of dollars, drug possession, and drug trafficking.
Amidst all of this fraud allegations, John Haines has started a new company named Dylan Maggiacomo which also is the name of his stepson. He is also now operating Addiction Canada Inc. under a new name, Canadian Addiction Recovery Network, an apparent offshoot of Addiction Canada. This is not the first time that John Haines will pull this kind of move, with Addiction Canada itself being a reincarnation of Vita Novus Inc. after similar allegations of fraud.
According to a report published by CBS Canada, employees of Addiction Canada and Vita Novus Inc. are claiming a total of $516,821 in unpaid wages with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour. Greg Gemus worked as an accountant for Addiction Canada and was responsible for handling questions from all of Addiction Canada’s locations alleges he was told to put off people who were concerned about being paid, by telling them to call back the next day.
“In May or June, every single paycheque was bouncing. By the end of June, employees were owed three paycheques,” said Gemus. Eventually, “at least 50 people quit.”
According to the Ministry of Labour, in the last three years, they have received exactly 87 claims related to unpaid wages at Vita Novus totaling $349,503 and 27 related to Addiction Canada totaling $167,318.
Despite all of these allegations, Haines has however rebranded his Addiction Canada brand into Canadian Addiction Recovery Network. “A new conglomerate is taking over the existing locations (except for a couple they weren’t interested in) and are moving forward with completely new structure and management,” according to Haines.
Haines is due back in court in Orangeville, Ontario, on October 31, 2016, for the continuation of his pretrial.