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Fifth Estate probes court battle between Barry Sherman and Shaun Rootenberg

Slain billionaire was suing Algoma Public Health's former chief financial officer over an online app called Trivia for Good
Barry and Honey Sherman

Slain billionaire Barry Sherman provided a statement to Toronto police in fraud proceedings against Shaun Rootenberg, CBC's FIfth Estate investigative unit is reporting.

In an online report posted today, CBC News discloses that Sherman's statement related to a Toronto criminal case in which Rootenberg was accused of defrauding people he met on the online dating site eHarmony.

Billionaire founder of generic pharmaceutical manufacturing giant Apotex Inc., Sherman was found dead with his wife Honey in their Toronto home on Dec. 15.

Yesterday, Toronto police confirmed that they are investigating the case as a double homicide.

Rootenberg is a former interim chief financial officer at Algoma Public Health.

Since SooToday first reported on January 16, 2015 about Rootenberg's earlier fraud conviction, Algoma Public Health's medical officer of health Dr. Kim Barker submitted her resignation, forensic audits were ordered by both APH and the provincial government, and four members of the APH board were asked by Ontario's health minister to resign.

Today's CBC report also reveals that Sherman had launched civil proceedings against Rootenberg related to an app called Trivia for Good. 

Sherman allegedly invested in the digital advertising platform.

The president and chief operating officer of Trivia for Good Inc. was Ron Hulse, the Toronto-based consultant who recommended Rootenberg to Dr. Barker when APH was looking for a chief financial officer.

The Fifth Estate claims that on the day Sherman last was seen alive, his lawyers filed "an aggressive motion" seeking to expedite the civil case.

The online article posted this afternoon by CBC News states: "CBC has no evidence that there is a connection between the lawsuit and the murder, nor that Rootenberg is a suspect."

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