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Abduction rap for mom

Alleged fraud among 21 charges

TORONTO SUN, By IAN ROBERTSON, January 18, 2004

A Toronto mother wanted on numerous arrest warrants including alleged frauds dating back nine years faces up to 10 years in prison for keeping her four children from their dad. Armed with a warrant issued by a local judge to turn the kids, aged two to eight, over to their father's brother in Toronto, officers arrested the woman Friday.

The court order in Toronto was made at the behest of the children's father in Calgary, who was given custody after breaking up with their mother, Toronto Police Det. Bob McCran said yesterday.

The order to hand over the kids to their uncle meant they didn't have to go to child welfare authorities or their mother's parents and grandparents, who live here.

McCran said the children joined their mom for a permitted visit to Toronto but did not come back by the specified deadline. A Calgary court issued a warrant on Dec. 22 for the mom's arrest.

When officers at 11 Division picked up the children, they learned the woman was wanted in Toronto and Ottawa on outstanding arrest warrants related to credit card and cheque transactions totalling $5,000.
Olena Sophie Jemetz, 32, is charged with 21 offences including abduction of children, contravention of a custody order and impersonation to commit crime