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Toronto Convenience Store Owner Charged For Selling Teens Alcohol At A Profit

Hung-Wai David Wong, owner of a corner store in Toronto's Little Italy, Toronto has been charged by police.

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.

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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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March 13, 2019

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.