Family charged with staging hate crime has faced lawsuits, financial challenges

WINNIPEG — Family members who have denied police accusations that they staged an anti-Semitic attack at their Winnipeg cafe have faced financial troubles, including a six-figure lawsuit from a lender.

Court records show Oxana and Alexander Berent were ordered last August to pay $112,358 to the Business Development Bank of Canada for a design company the couple owned north of Winnipeg.

Court documents show the bank had loaned the couple $150,000 in 2014 and had only received $40,000 in repayments. The case ended in a default judgment in favour of the bank.

More recently, the couple’s son, Maxim Berent, was sued by the Royal Bank for $43,000 that the bank said he owed on a credit card. That statement of claim was filed this week. The allegation has not been tested in court and Berent has not responded to it.

The three family members are owners of BerMax Caffe and Bistro, where police investigated a report last week of a hate crime that shocked many in the city.

The business was vandalized and spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti last Thursday — the night before Passover. Oxana Berent also reported being assaulted.

Six days later, police said they believed the whole event was staged. The three Berents were charged with public mischief and released on a promise to appear in court in May.

Attempts to reach the Berents by The Canadian Press have been unsuccessful.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Stettler son accused of murdering his father

The RCMP have laid charges against a son charged with killing his… Continue reading

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died on Flight PS752

OTTAWA — Families of the Canadian victims on the Ukrainian passenger jet… Continue reading

Ottawa to avoid selling Trans Mountain pipeline so long as risks remain

OTTAWA — The federal government is studying the best options for Indigenous… Continue reading

Beware of Bitcoin scammers

Red Deer butcher and bistro spreading the word about bitcoin scams

RCMP arrest two suspects in November armed robbery in Innisfail

RCMP searching for Devyn Michael Hendriksen

Fashion Fridays: Look your best this year

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Jan. 16 Red Deer Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society monthly meeting… Continue reading

Local Sports: Aussie connection paying off for RDC Kings

The RDC volleyball Kings have put together a nice pipeline with Australia.… Continue reading

Anthony Cirelli scores first career hat trick, Lightning beat Jets

Lightning 7 Jets 1 WINNIPEG — Anthony Cirelli scored his first career… Continue reading

Canada to give $25,000 to families of each Canadian who died on Flight PS752

OTTAWA — Families of the Canadian victims on the Ukrainian passenger jet… Continue reading

Ottawa to avoid selling Trans Mountain pipeline so long as risks remain

OTTAWA — The federal government is studying the best options for Indigenous… Continue reading

Henderson, Inbee Park tied for lead in LPGA season opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Canada’s Brooke Henderson parlayed four birdies and… Continue reading

Drury leads host Canadian ski cross team into chilly World Cup at Nakiska

NAKISKA, Alta. — It’s too cold for penguins, but not for ski… Continue reading

Most Read