A Whistler couple who have allegedly left a trail of fraud victims from Germany to Prince George to Vancouver have lost their appeal to stay in Canada.
Peter Hans Simon and Sybille Anita Simon, who used to operate SecurCom and SecurPro in Whistler, have been ordered deported by the Immigration and Refugee Board Appeal Division.
The couple and their lawyer declined to comment on the case.
Its not known if they have left the country.
The deportation order follows a conviction of fraud against the Simons in 2000, after they cheated investors in Vancouver and Prince George of $96,000.
The convictions make them inadmissible to Canada.
Both are originally from Germany.
According to the immigration appeal decision the Simons met in Germany when Peter hired Sybille as his assistant. At that time he went by the name of Peter Weirauch and according to his own testimony he ran a financial investment business in Germany which, when he came to Canada in 1994, had holdings exceeding $6.5 million, the majority being in real estate investments.
He also had about $1 million in cash which he brought to Canada.
However, his company ran into difficulties with one of its financial deals between November 1993 and January 1994, forcing Weirauch to file for bankruptcy.
Once they landed in Vancouver, "(they) rented a home in the British Properties and purchased two vehicles, a Jaguar and a pick up truck for which they paid $150,000 cash," states the immigration tribunal decision.
They also arranged to get married and Weirauch decided to take the name Simon, explaining that his name change was prompted, "by the fact that Simon is a much easier name to pronounce in his chosen country of immigration."
They spent their first two years in Canada exploring British Columbia because they had, "a lot of money, and no business "
But by January 1996 the honeymoon was over and the Simons became concerned about how fast they were depleting their financial resources.
They began to look around for some investment opportunities. The first came along in the form of a company incorporated by Peter Simon, Royal Retirement Investment Inc.
He took out loans against his vehicles to have some cash and in September 1996 entered into an agreement to purchase the Lord Nelson Apartments in Vancouver.
The Simons also moved out of their rented home in West Vancouver and into another rented home in Burnaby.
Simon managed to sell one unit in Lord Nelson to a German acquaintance for $25,000. A general manager was also hired and invested $30,000 in the company for a 10 per cent share.