Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu spent 13 memorable seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He signed his share of autographs during that time; but it was someone else using his signature that got Koivu tangled in an odd tale of fraud and thievery.
According to La Presse on Friday (in French), Saku Koivu received a tax refund check from the Quebec government for $140,899 in Sept. 2009. Then someone stole it, and along with the check had copies of Koivu's identification. This person brought it to a check-cashing facility in Côte-des-Neiges, claiming that Koivu had given him authority to cash the check on his behalf. Which, of course, he hadn't.
David Nowak, the manager at the Go-Remit money transfer store, didn't have that kind of cash on hand, so he went through a third party, Centurion Fund, to secure the funds. Secure them he did: $135,000 cash, in a bag, short the commission for the third party.
A bag that was then stolen from his car, as he hid the money under a seat while stopping ...