The Murder of Lindsay Buziak


Gangsters Out Blog: In steps Jason Zailo

UDATE: MAY 17/2023

16 people in attendance in Courtroom 55 – BC Supreme Court Vancouver

Before Madame Honourable Justice Fitzpatrick

At least half of the people in attendance were journalists/reporters

204 people live-stream

Non-compliance by Mr. Greg Martel, he was ordered to produce paperwork but so far has refused to do so.

MADAME HONOURABLE Justice SHELLEY Fitzpatrick stated,

“Lack of co-operation, failure to produce paperwork, possible incarceration if he does not comply, subject to contempt, refusal to respond to emails and telephone calls.”

Mr. Martel claims his 200K Mercedes was stolen from his driveway one day last week. Mr. Martel says he reported the theft to the police.

It was discovered that on the same day of the hearing last week, May 9, Mr. Martel was in communication with his bank in an attempt to transfer funds from a JP Morgan Chase Bank account to a First National Bank account.

Honourable Madame Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick adjourned today’s morning session to 2:00 pm. She told Mr. Martel’s lawyer, Richie Rich, that he had until 2:00 pm to reach his client – that it was important that the courts speak to Mr. Martel. Apparently, Mr. Martel is in out of jurisdiction right now – in another time zone. (supposedly Thailand)

It is clear Mr. Martel has no intentions of co-operating with Price-Waterhouse or the courts. He is on the run, selling vehicles, and turning cash into crypto.

Greg Martel, is a narcissist sociopath who belongs behind bars. Swindling good people out of their hard-earned money is a despicable crime.


So, Greg, you still have a chance to prove to your investors that this is not a Ponzi scheme, it was just one big mistake.

The next court hearing is June 9th, 2023.

UPDATE: MAY 14/2023

Hello Greg, do you remember me? Do you remember the email I sent you 18 MONTHS AGO?

I asked you one simple question. Who took the picture of you, Jason & Lindsay? You responded that same day saying that you couldn’t remember. Then you added this to your lengthy response.

I’ve also donated over 31K to Operation Underground Railroad. OUR is on a mission to end sex trafficking for children all over the world.  For every $1000 raise rescues a little girl or boy that has been kidnapped to be sold for sex. I’ve saved 31 children in the last six months.

“So, to see the things you wrote about me, my business being under investigation with the police, me screwing over my clients was deeply hurtful and untrue.”

“I own a technology company and we scrapped your fake email address, your IP address, VPN screening server, your open API’s, your GO fenced location from your cell computer and we GO hunted all API data pulls and pushes to your location, and it all leads back to you.  Defamation of character is a very serious offence. I can 1000% prove all your slanderous comments are false in court.”

Then you left me your private number. 949-629-0033. I tried to call you a few times this week Greg but I got your voice mail. Are you out of town Greg?

Greg, I will be in court on Wednesday, and I hope to see you there. Maybe you can tell the judge and all your investors about the 31 children you’ve saved. Maybe you can tell us about your technology company? More importantly Greg, maybe you can explain to all your investors where the hell the hard-earned money they trusted you with has gone.


UPDATE: MAY 9/2023

Courtroom 55 10:00 am Vancouver Supreme Court – Justice shelley Fitzpatrick presiding.

Greg Matel is granted a 1 week adjournment with restrictions. Court will reconvene May 17/ 18.

50 investors packed the courtroom, and 342 investors live-streamed. Everyone wanting to know if they would ever see their money again. Tension & sadness filled the room. As expected Greg Martel was a no-show, but his bungling idiot of a lawyer Richie Clark was present and it was clear he didn’t have a clue what was going on. Supposedly he had been hired on the previous day.

So we hear that Greg Martel owns a home at 2709 Goldstone Heights Victoria worth about 3M. He purchased a home at 28 Quiet Moon Lane Las Vegas for 4.7M, with a mortgage of 3.8M, and recently sold his Sa Diego property for 4M. All three properties mortgaged to the max with little equity left. In a six-month period Martel deposited and withdrew $58M from his Royal Bank account. Where did all that money go?

What I also learned today was that several of Greg Martel’s investors are cops. Not only are they investors, they are Martel’s biggest promoters. Who are these cops promoting Martel? Well, let me just say, they are members of the Saanich Police Department & Oak Bay. Greg’s illegal activities were reported to the VicPD back in 2016/17VicPD started a fraud investigation but nothing ever came of it.

Is this the reason the VicPD made a comment yesterday to Andrew Duffy of the Times Colonist saying it can’t comment on potential investigations unless there’s a clear public safety or investigative need? Was Greg Martel’s allegedly defrauding people out of their hard earned money not considered an investigative necessity?


Can someone please explain to me why members of the saanich police department promoted mortgage broker Greg Martel to friends and family when there were registered complaints filed against him at the Victoria Police Department in 2017?

UPDATE: May 7/2023

Be on the lookout for scam artist Greg Martel

On Thursday, a B.C. Supreme Court justice put Shop Your Own Mortgage into receivership, appointing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to take control of all of the company’s assets and property, effective immediately.Victoria mortgage company put in receivership amid flurry of lawsuits (

An Injunction has been registered against Greg Martel’s 2709 goldstone heights home in Victoria.

The lawsuits being filed against Greg Martel are rapidly climbing. (See below) This guy is now on the run and has left a trail of investors high and dry. If only the VicPD Financial Crimes Division had put more effort into their investigation against this guy years ago, things could have been so different. Financial crimes (Ponzi schemes) are damaging to human lives. Let’s hope that his narcissist’s fraudulent lifestyle comes to an end soon.

Scam Alert: Shop Your Own Mortgage. Greg Martel : r/VictoriaBC (

Victoria mortgage broker’s firm under control of receiver as lawsuits pile up

Civil lawsuits claim that Gregory Martel and his company owe more than $27.5 million to clients who invested with him.

See the updated list of civil actions NEAR THE BOTTOM OF PAGE


IAN Thow was found guilty and jailed in 2010 for defrauding 20 clients of about $10 million,

the total that the Crown felt it was able to prove At his trial, the Crown characterized Thow’s actions as a classic Ponzi scheme. He took money from clients for schemes that included investing in a Jamaican bank and short-term loans for developers. He never made those investments.

The RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Team led a five-year investigation into Thow, a former Berkshire Investment Group vice-president, based on allegations he cheated clients and friends out of more than $32 million.

B.C. Securities Commission wants ex-adviser Ian Thow to pay his fine – Victoria Times Colonist


B.C. broker sentenced to 6 years after swindling $10.3M

CBC News · Posted: Jun 20, 2006 9:45 AM PDT | Last Updated: June 20, 2006

A Vancouver broker has been sentenced to six years in prison for defrauding $10.3 million from 229 investors, many of them from the same impoverished mining valley in the B.C. Interior.

The above photo was taken at Lindsay’s 24th birthday celebration November 2007.

Lindsay and Greg are smiling in this picture and appear to be having a good time. Jason on the other has a very sinister expression and he is definitely not happy. What was going through Jason’s mind at that moment in time, and why did he feel the need to hold a knife in his hand? Lindsay is no longer with us and the two people who can explain what was going on at that time are not talking. Who was the person who took the photo that night? Did they ask Jason to pose holding up the knife or did Jason just decide to do that on his own? Greg Martel displayed this mystery picture in his Facebook photo gallery for years after Lindsay’s murder – and even though he knew that viewers found the picture to be very inappropriate/offensive he never removed it. I have to wonder if the reason Greg kept that picture close is because it meant something to him.

Just a few days ago someone asked Greg who took the picture. what was Greg’s response? He said that it was so long ago that he couldn’t remember. As Greg Martel is not known for his ethics, morals, or honesty, we can be quite certain that Greg knows exactly who took the picture – he just isn’t willing to say.

Greg Martel and Jason were close friends in 2007, close friends at the time of Lindsay’s murder in February 2008 and close friends for a few years after. Whatever difficulties Jason and Lindsay were having around that time Greg would have known about it. Lindsay’s birthday party was November 2007, the crime phone was purchased November 2007 and the main informant made her call to the Calgary Police November 2007. Not only that, it was mid November that Lindsay was telling all her friends that she was planning on leaving Jason.

I wonder if Greg Martel has ever been questioned by the Saanich Police and if so, was he asked to explain why Jason was holding the knife in the photo? Was he asked how Jason was behaving the night of Lindsay’s party? Was he asked about Jason and Lindsay’s relationship at that time? Was he asked why he kept that picture in his Facebook photo gallery for years after the murder? Was he asked why his friendship with Jason ended a few years after Lindsay was murdered?


Choosing the perfect alibi witness was critical to making sure everything went like clockwork that night. The alibi witness Cohen was always seen as somewhat of an enigma, but when you really look deep the guy is no mystery.

The entire plan was artfully designed and the planners didn’t miss a beat. Jason’s late lunch with Lindsay at Sauce was the first step in creating a timeline that would mold the framework for the perfect alibi. The next step in the plan was the arrival and departure at the SHC Autographx location. The time of Jason’s arrival at SHC has never been made public but we do know that he left the SHC property at 5:29 that evening. Jason’s departure was captured on surveillance cameras which belonged to the business next door, evidence supports that the SHC cameras were not operational that day.

The next stage of planning kicks into gear when Jason makes a call to his brother to ask him for directions to the DeSousa property. This creates the premise that Jason had never been to the DeSousa property before. However, the property had been on and off the market for nearly a year and the last six months it had been listed with Jason’s own Re/Max Westshore office. Are we supposed to buy into the story that Jason the realtor had never been to the house, didn’t know where it was – or how to get there? Now we have the 5:45 arrival at the DeSousa property with the alibi witness sitting in the front passenger seat.

Jason Zailo had an array of friends he could have asked to accompany him that evening but he chose Cohen Oatman. Why? It is well known Jason thought Cohen was a goof and for that reason the two did not hang out together. At the time of Lindsay’s murder Jason and Cohen were working at Terry Martin’s Mortgage Centre located at the Royal Oak Shopping Centre at 3989 Quadra Street in Victoria. They joined that office in November 2007, following in the footsteps of their friend Greg Martel who joined that office in the spring of that same year. Jason sold Cohen Oatman his home at 3177 Monnington Place in Victoria in February 2007. At that time and right up until 2012 Jason held both a realtors license and a broker’s license.


Cohen and Zailo had plans to meet for dinner – Cohen’s cell phone battery had died and he called Jason from a pay phone in town. The two decided to go to the Gordon Head house together to wait for Buziak before continuing on with their plans. Oatman drove to the SHC parking lot, left his vehicle there and got into Zailo’s 2005 Range Rover. Security footage showed them leaving SHC at 5:30 pm. It is not clear why Cohen was downtown when he made the call to Jason. The Terry Martin Mortgage office where he worked was a 14-minute drive away and his residence on Monnington Place was 20 minutes away.

The way the police file documents read this was a spur of the moment decision for Cohen to meet up with Jason at SHC Autographx. This is most interesting because it was the day before that Jason contacted Cohen and asked him to go out for dinner with him on the Saturday night. So Jason had already put the plan in motion on the Friday. Cohen tells the story that at first he said no to Jason but then changed his mind and agree to go. He said he would have preferred to stay home with his family because later that evening he had a 10:10 hockey game.

However, people cLose to Cohen refuse to buy into that story. 

It was well known that Cohen wanted desperately to be part of Jason’s crowd and would have done anything to make that happen. This would certainly explain why Jason chose Cohen as his alibi witness and not Greg Martel. Friends say Jason and Greg thought Cohen was a whiny, scheming, little creature who did nothing but complain – they didn’t really want him around. The truth is, it is more likely that Greg and Jason could not risk having an honest good guy like Cohen around. Cohen thought of Greg Martel as his friend, but what Cohen didn’t know was that Greg did not feel the same way. The fact was Greg used Cohen to his own advantage like he did so many others. Everyone knows that Greg Martel was a shady broker who shafted a lot of people. Some of those people filed civil actions against him in BC Courts, but some just let it go and didn’t fight back. In time shady Greg packed up, moved to California and set up businesses there. He now keeps a residence in Newport Beach California and Victoria. Yes, he has climbed the ladder of success but he did not do it without taking down friends and business associates in the process.

At one time Victoria Police/Saanich Police financial crimes division were looking into Greg Martel’s business dealings. Whether the investigation went anywhere or stalled is unknown. The fact is, Greg screwed over a lot of people and he has been getting away with it for years. Greg claims that he invests in small companies to raise capital, but ask yourself this; where did Greg get the money to invest? Best to ask the people that trusted him and lost everything. Over the years Greg’s schemes have funded his lifestyle, so for anyone thinking of investing in any of Greg Martel’s dream schemes – think again. It is not likely you will ever see your money again.


Michael Kelly vs. Greg Martel,

Margaret Paton vs Greg Martel,

Maximilian Huxley Construction vs. Greg Martel,

Director of Employment Standards vs Greg Martel,

Guy Enterprises Ltd vs Greg Martel,

Kona Carpentry Corp vs Greg Martel

Laurel Rayani vs. Greg Martel (2023)

Andrew Townend vs. Greg Martel (2023)

Cory Edgar vs. Greg Martel (2023)

1548199 Alberta Ltd vs. Gregory Martel (2023)

Nicholas Fitterer vs. Greg Martel (My Mortgage Auction Corp. (2023)

Kathryn Wild vs Greg Martel (2023)

Jacky Ng vs Greg Martel (May 2023)

Vince Taylor vs Greg Martel (May 2023)

Jennifer Wong vs Greg Martel (May 2023)

JJJN Holdings vs Greg Martel (May 2023)

Naz Evangelista vs Greg Martel (May 2023)

Leanne Shum vs Greg Martel (May 2023)


The reality is Cohen was not like Greg Martel and Jason Zailo. He was a honest hard-working family man and it was a blessing that he did not fall in with shady characters like Greg and Jason.

Cohen and Greg Martel played for the Stingers hockey team – Jason played for the Oilers. The night before (Friday) the Stingers and Oilers played against each other. On the Saturday evening Cohen had a scheduled game at Pearkes arena. There is one story that says Jason had a scrub game that night whereas another story says Jason agreed to be an extra player for the Stingers that night. The hockey schedule shows that the Oilers were not scheduled to play on the Saturday night. The question is, did Jason really need to play for the Stingers that evening or was there something else going on that night? So many things just make no sense.

We know for certain that Jason called his brother to ask for directions after leaving DeSousa. (Ryan’s account) What we do not know is what Jason said to his brother during that phone conversation. Was he really asking for directions or was there another reason for Jason’s call to his brother? Cohen is the only other person that knows what Jason said during that call and he is not talking. Even if Cohen did hear Jason ask for directions, there could have been an ulterior motive for that call. Let’s hope that Cohen shared what he knew with the Saanich Police but from what I have heard Cohen was not prepared to tell Lindsay’s dad about anything about what went on that evening.

We know that on the night of the murder Jason and Cohen were both taken to the police station for questioning. The end result was that both men told the same story about what transpired at the DeSousa house that evening. It is not surprising that their account of what happened that evening would be the same but it still leaves many unanswered questions in regards to Cohen Oatman. Did Jason tell Cohen Oatman why he had to stop at SHC prior to going to the DeSousa property? Originally Jason told the Saanich Police that he was going there because he had real estate documents for Lindsay to sign. 

Is that the same story Jason told Cohen? Remember, years later we found out that Jason had lied to the police, that there were no documents that Lindsay needed to sign that night. He admitted he was going there because she was concerned about being alone. If that was the case why was he 15 minutes late arriving at the DeSousa house, and why did he sit around for another 20 minutes when he got there?

Originally Jason told the police and millions of viewers on Dateline NBC Dream House Mystery that when he pulled up to the DeSousa house he saw two shadows through the frosted glass window in the front door. The Saanich Police confirmed that Jason and Cohen’s story about what happened at the house was the same, so we have to assume that is the same story Cohen gave the police. Later though on a podcast and a media statement Detective Chris Horsley said that Jason actually saw the man standing outside the front door and that when Jason pulled into the cul-de-sac the man quickly turned and went back inside the house. A good reason for Jason to have changed his story is so he could tell the police, which he did, “I saw the guy standing outside so I thought the showing was just starting”. Jason knew Lindsay was at the house at 5:30 because he talked to her at that time. It is hardly likely that Lindsay stood outside in the cold for 15 minutes before going into the house.

We know that Jason and Cohen gave the same story to the police when they were taken in for questioning the night of the murder so that means that what Cohen saw as they turned into the cul-de-sac at 5:45 was 2 shadows through the frosted glass in the front door. It would be nice to know why Cohen jumped over the fence instead of Jason. It would be nice to know if Cohen noticed the missing boards in the fence. It would be nice to know what was said during the drive up to DeSousa. It would be nice to know why Cohen didn’t find it suspicious that Jason did not want to go into the house when he arrived – and why Jason chose to park in one spot for 10 minutes and then move out onto Torquay for another 10 minutes. What the hell were they doing in Jason’s Land Rover for those 20 minutes. Clearly they didn’t have a care in the world about Lindsay who had asked Jason to be there at 5:30 because she was nervous about the showing.


After Lindsay’s murder Cohen floundered around moving from one mortgage office to another. At one point he was working for Verico Select Mortgages, then moved on to the Mortgage Alliance Lending Centre on Brookside Road. The guy just couldn’t settle down and just maybe he was suffering from PTSD. God knows what witnessing a crime scene like Cohen did could do to a person’s mind.

Greg Martel opened his new Harborview Mortgage Centre at 510 Yates Street in downtown Victoria in November 2011. About a year later Cohen jumped aboard and went to work for Greg. He worked there for a few years but in time him and Greg had a falling out and Cohen made the decision to leave Harborview Mortgage Centre to go and work elsewhere. Greg was actually in Cohen Oatman’s wedding party when Cohen married in 2005. Their friendship lasted for a few years after Lindsay’s murder then they were done.

I think we can all understand Cohen’s silence those first few years after Lindsay’s murder but after 13 years it is no longer acceptable. There is a good chance that after Lindsay’s murder Cohen was instructed by the Saanich Police to not speak with anyone about what went on at the DeSousa house that night, or what was said between him and Jason. While Cohen may have had the best intentions by keeping his silence it has done nothing to further the investigation into Lindsay’s murder. Therefore, there is no reason for Cohen not to come forward and share everything with Lindsay’s father.

What I am more shocked by than anything right now is the fact that three years ago Cohen decided to go and work in Jason Zailo’s Modern Mortgage Group office at Uptown Centre and his mortgage broker’s license still hangs there today. After everything that has happened over the years does Cohen still believe in Jason’s innocence? Does he think that Jason was a victim of circumstance? Does he think that all Jason’s actions/behavior the night of the murder and the days leading up to the murder were normal?

COHEN OATMAN’S DECISION TO WORK IN JASON’S OFFICE IS A REAL SLAP IN THE FACE TO LINDSAY AND HER FAMILY. HE HAD THE CHOICE TO STAY NEUTRAL AND COULD HAVE WORKED ANYWHERE, BUT HE CHOSE TO STAND BEHIND JASON NO MATTER WHAT. Cohen moved out of Victoria 2 years ago and that makes it even stranger why he continues to hang his broker’s license in Jason’s office?

Perhaps the Saanich Police should check to see if Cohen Oatman has been paying desk/office fees these past few years while working in Jason’s office – or has Cohen been treated differently than the other brokers working for Jason?

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