British Columbian log exporter Northcrest Energy Corp. is suing the B.C. subsidiary of a Chinese company over allegations the company duped the exporter into financing its operations to supply logs to a customer in China and delivered inferior product. In a statement of claim filed with the Supreme Court of B.C. in New Westminster, Northcrest president Baljit Gill said representatives of the supplier, Richmond-headquartered Canada Forest Industrial Group Ltd., led her to believe that it was a substantial company with deep financial resources. In Aug. 2016, Gill said in the statement that she signed a contract to buy logs from Canada Forest for export to a company in China in a transaction that would see Northcrest pay Canada Forest’s employees and subcontractors for credits toward the purchase. Under those terms, Gill said in the statement that she paid $3.2 million for payroll and camp services, but hasn’t received credit for that.