Indo-Canadian Woman Awarded $1.3 Million In Divorce Settlement After Husband Tried To Hide Millions

Desibuzzbc-Banner-Metrics-FinalDalbir Singh Sangha's Deceit And Lies Were Exposed When His Own Brother Sued The Family, Laying Bare The Sangha Family Finances!

Indo-Husband-divorce-settlement3A BC Judge awarded $1.3 million to Amarjit Kaur Sangha, who came to Canada through an arranged marriage. Her husband Dalbir Singh Sangha, who tried to hide his millions in assets, lost his battle after it was discovered that his interests in two holding companies are currently worth an estimated $9.9 million. Dalbir Sangha is "an admitted forger and perjurer" who fraudulently hid millions of dollars in assets from his ex-wife, Amarjit Sangha, said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman.

QUESNEL – An  Indo-Canadian woman in interior BC, who was earning just $900 a month working in a hotel laundry while her then-husband concealed a fortune has won nearly $1.3 million in spousal support, has won a huge settlement in her divorce case.

A BC Judge has awarded $1.3 million to Amarjit Kaur Sangha, who came to Canada through an arranged marriage.

Her husband Dalbir Singh Sangha, who tried to hide his millions in assets, lost his battle after it was discovered that his interests in two holding companies are currently worth an estimated $9.9 million.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman ruled that Quesnel businessman Dalbir Sangha is "an admitted forger and perjurer" who fraudulently hid millions of dollars in assets from his ex-wife, Amarjit Kaur Sangha.

"The fact of the matter is that Ms. Sangha has been deprived of her remedy for many years by virtue of Mr. Sangha's deceit. In my view, she is entitled to receive compensation forthwith, regardless of the tax implications or other inconvenience for Mr. Sangha," Milman wrote in a judgment Tuesday, reported CBC News.

The judge's decision awarded Amarjit more than 35 times the modest $35,585 she had asked for.

Amarjit had little more than the clothes on her back and some pieces of gold jewelry when she came to Canada in 1996 after an arranged marriage with Dalbir, according to court documents. She was 32 years old and had a 10th-grade education.

While the couple lived in Quesnel, Amarjit worked in the laundry of the Tower Inn, a hotel owned by a holding company incorporated by her husband and his brothers. She testified that she occasionally worked there for free, reported CBC News.

The couple was only married about four years. The marriage ended when Amarjit left for India with their young son and fell out of contact with her husband for several months.

After Dalbir filed for divorce with the intention of gaining custody of the boy, he prepared fraudulent documents claiming that his shares in two family holding companies were actually being held in trust for his brother, according to the judgment.

The lie allowed him to negotiate a consent order in 2006 that would see him paying Amarjit just $12,000 in spousal support before ending his obligations to her.

Indo-Husband-divorce-settlementToday, Dalbir has admitted that his interest in the two holding companies is worth about $9.9 million. The assets include the Town Inn and an apartment building in Quesnel, as well as a mixed-use building in Calgary.

Dalbir's deceit was only uncovered when one of his brothers sued the rest of the family, and the Sangha finances were laid bare in open court. The evidence uncovered there meant that Amarjit was allowed to reopen the divorce proceedings.

"The misconduct in this case involved more than just an attempt to conceal assets, which is bad enough. It was a conspiracy to commit fraud, including uttering several forged documents, supplemented by repeated lies under oath calculated to sustain the deceit," Milman wrote.

Dalbir has had sole custody of his son since 1999, when he somehow managed to sneak the boy out of India using a temporary passport.

Meanwhile, Amarjit returned to Quesnel that same year and went from living in a homeless shelter to earning between $10,000 and $35,000 a year as a cleaner. She now lives in Calgary, where her son attends school.

The judge's decision this week doesn't alter the custody arrangement, but Milman wrote that Dalbir's deceit might have prevented Amarjit from meeting her full potential as a mother.

"It is possible that those outcomes would have been different if Mr. Sangha had allowed for the distribution of Ms. Sangha's share of the family's wealth when she was entitled to it," Milman wrote.

The judge's compensation order granted Amarjit 17 per cent of the value of one holding company and 12 per cent of the other, along with $5,000 in penalties. On top of that, Dalbir will have to pay her special costs in an amount that is yet to be determined.

The order requires immediate payment of $150,000, another $500,000 within six months and the rest within a year.

Courtesy CBC News

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