60-year-old Hung-Wai David Wong of Toronto has been charged by police for allegedly buying liquor for teenagers and selling it to them at a markup. Wong, who owns a store called Winners Lotto Mart in Little Italy, was operating an illegal liquor procurement business out of his convenience retail location.
According to Toronto police, Wong issued orders from teenagers, purchased the liquor legally from a local LCBO location, and then sold it to the teens illegally and "at a profit."
The transactions reportedly occurred out of his convenience mart at 299 Ossington Avenue, in Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood.
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Wong was arrested by officers from the Major Crime Unit at 14 Division on Monday. He was charged with two different offences: selling liquor to a person under the age of 19, as well as selling liquor illegally without a license.
Both of these laws are outlined in Ontario's Liquor License Act. Under Section 5.1 the act states that no one can sell liquor without a license in Ontario. The penalty for breaking that law is a fine up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail.
For selling to a minor, which here means anyone under 19 years old, the Liquor License Act outlines a fine of up to $200,000 and up to one year in jail.
He is expected to make a court appearance on April 18th at Old City Hall, where he will answer to these charges.