I don't know how or why, but Who Killed Theresa? is back online. (Ummm... thanks Google) And thanks to all who offered support.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I don't know how or why, but Who Killed Theresa? is back online. (Ummm... thanks Google) And thanks to all who offered support.
In early August Google / Blogger took down my blog, Who Killed Theresa? because of alleged malicious content. They didn't even give me a chance to search for the content (mostly likely in the form of inappropriate and unauthorized comments) and address the problems.
Six years of work attempting to solve the murder of my sister Theresa Allore down the toilet. Not to mention the amount of advocacy we had done on this blog for crime victims across North America.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
MONTREAL – The father of a boy sexually assaulted and murdered by a man on an extended pass from prison disrupted Superior Court Monday with an extended rant about injustice.
André Livernoche, whose son Alexandre, 13, was murdered in August, 2000, said there was no point in going through a trial to claim damages from the Quebec government.
"You are responsible," yelled Livernoche, jabbing a shaking finger at government lawyers. "You cause the death. It's your fault."
Livernoche had no lawyer with him but was accompanied by a woman who described herself as an investigator.
Justice Pepita Capriolo tried to calm the man, saying she had sympathy for the pain he felt.
Alexandre disappeared in Sorel, northeast of Montreal in August 2000, after a day of picking cucumbers. Mario Bastien, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2001, enticed him with the promise of odd jobs.
Livernoche is demanding $2.5 million but refuses to present evidence or call witnesses.
Three weeks after the slaying, then-public security minister Serge Ménard said Bastien shouldn't have been let out.
She had to warn him several times not to approach the government lawyers.
Livernoche then stormed out of the courtroom.
The judge suspended the hearing and said she'd try to fix another date for the case. She said Livernoche should have a lawyer.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Aside from being a major communication and information searching tool, the Internet is often portrayed in the media as a deep dark space where the danger is lurking around like a giant spider spreading its net to elude, seduce and corrupt children and defraud and mislead adults. This reputation in part is well deserved. The censure of the Internet content and transactions even when existent is weak and slow to keep up with exponentially multiplying web pages.
The underbelly of the human expression found its way to the Internet where a lot of dark and heinous thoughts and acts are brewing ready to explode into the real world. Numerous assaulters declared their intentions on Internet before embarking on a shooting rampage. One such sombre personality found the way to expurgate his hatred and frustration on the infamous website Vampirefreaks.com and then opened a gunfire at the Dawson College on September 13, 2006 afternoon. Twenty innocent people were shot, one death reported; but the bullets didn’t just stop there - they have penetrated and shattered many people’s lives, hopes, dreams and sense of security.
Events like this tragedy always have far reaching effects, they create waves that spread psychological trauma affecting victims, witnesses, close ones of victims and people indirectly related to the tragedy.
QC starts $6M econ fraud squad
MONTREAL -- A new, 11-member specialized squad will be assembled to investigate financial crime, the Quebec government announced Sunday.
Justice Minister Kathleen Weil, Public Security Minister Jacques Dupuis and Finance Minister Raymond Bachand announced $6 million worth of measures to fight financial crimes during a press conference at Sûreté du Québec headquarters.
Quebec will also ask for amendments to the federal Criminal code that would see financial fraudsters spend longer terms behind bars and ensure that criminals are forced to reimburse the proceeds of their crimes.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Where the devil is Earl Jones, anyway?
MONTREAL – Where’s Earl?
Even though his bail conditions stated that Earl Jones had to stay at his Dorval condo while awaiting trial, the civil courts yanked that safety net out from under him Friday.
Neil Stein, the lawyer representing several of the people who were allegedly defrauded by Jones, said the self-described financial adviser was notified on Aug. 19, Sept. 5 and Wednesday that he would be evicted.
The Crown stipulates that a person free on bail must notify the court of any change in address. So far, Jones doesn’t seem to have done that.
His lawyer, Jeffrey Boro, didn’t return phone calls Friday but said Thursday that his client was under a court order to stay in the Dorval condo at 870 Lakeshore Rd.
“But the court doesn’t say he should stay there if he’s not paying the bills,” Stein noted.
“He hasn’t paid the mortgage, the taxes or the condo fees,” Stein said. “I have no sympathy for him.”
Jones could “stay in jail, as far as I’m concerned,” Stein said .
Jones, 67, was arrested July 27 and charged the next day with four counts of theft and four of fraud after many of his long-time friends and acquaintances discovered that the money they had entrusted to him had disappeared.
So far, 151 claims have been filed against Jones, totalling $74.5 million.
All four properties owned by Jones and his wife, Maxine, will be put up for sale in the coming weeks.
© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Ummm... Civics lesson Chairperson Dauphin? your mechanisms are only working if you recover the $10 million. Until then it's all smoke.
"At Montreal city hall, down the street from the courthouse on Notre Dame St. E., Mayor Gérald Tremblay's administration took credit for the arrests, reminding reporters at a hastily prepared news conference that it was the city that called in the SQ to investigate the computer-systems division after the internal probe uncovered the false-billing scam that cost the city $10 million.
A career civil servant and a computer consultant were arrested and charged yesterday with defrauding the city of Montreal of millions of dollars in what the Crown and the city contend was a phony-billing scheme operating inside Montreal's computer-systems division.
Gilles Parent, who was fired as a section chief in the division one year ago today following an internal city probe, and businessman Benoit Bissonnette appeared in handcuffs at the Montreal courthouse, where they were arraigned on six counts each of fraud, breach of trust, creating false documents and conspiracy.
The Sûreté du Québec arrested Parent, 58, a resident of Ste. Anne des Lacs, and Bissonnette, 47, of Notre Dame de Grâce, earlier yesterday following a 14-month investigation that was dubbed Operation Killer Whale.
Parent and Bissonnette's lawyers entered no plea on their behalf yesterday.
Both men were ordered released on $15,000 bail and several conditions, including that they surrender their passports and agree to have no contact with the owners or directors of a list of companies that work in the computer field.
At Montreal city hall, down the street from the courthouse on Notre Dame St. E., Mayor Gérald Tremblay's administration took credit for the arrests, reminding reporters at a hastily prepared news conference that it was the city that called in the SQ to investigate the computer-systems division after the internal probe uncovered the false-billing scam that cost the city $10 million.
"It shows today that the (security) mechanisms we have put in place are working," city executive committee chairperson Claude Dauphin said.
"And in that respect I'm not upset about (the arrests), I'm happy, in the sense that those mechanisms are working."
Yesterday's arrests come just as other SQ investigations are under way into city deals that have raised questions about the ethics of some former politicians and former aides who surrounded Tremblay.
The administration is also awaiting a report by the city's auditor-general on a probe of how the city's $355.8-million water-management contract was awarded two years ago. The report is to be tabled in council on Sept. 21. The contract is also the subject of one of the SQ investigations.
With the campaign to the Nov. 1 municipal election set to begin at the end of next week, the mayor has gone to pains in recent weeks to portray himself as a crusader who is cleaning up city hall.
For instance, Tremblay has said he made the decision to phone the SQ to investigate an allegation by a contractor repairing the roof of city hall that a mafia figure tried to shake him down for a bribe that he was told would go to two councillors who sit on the executive committee.
"The message we have to understand today is that it's zero tolerance," Dauphin said.
"It's true there are investigations. But why are there investigations? It's because of our own requests the investigations were made."
Tremblay's political opponents, however, have called attention to the fact that the investigations involve deals that were all made during his tenure, including the water-management contract and a slew of transactions by the city's real-estate arm, the Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal.
His rivals have also pointed out that an ethics code will be adopted for Montreal councillors at the Sept. 21 council meeting in the wake of controversies involving his team. For instance, former executive committee chairperson Frank Zampino acknowledged earlier this year that while still in office he vacationed on the yacht of a businessman whose company is a partner in the consortium that went on to win the water-management contract.
The lawyer representing Parent, the former mid-level city manager charged with fraud yesterday, said he was mindful of the political spin that would be put on the arrests.
"I'm sure that politicians will use whatever they can to their advantage in an election," lawyer Philip Schneider said.
"What they'll do with it, what they can do with it, I don't know. I'm not into politics, I'm into defending clients charged with criminal offences. They can play the politics. I'll play the courtroom."
Schneider added that while the Tremblay administration says the city lost $10 million, the Crown's charges involve
$4 million worth of fraud.
City officials revealed the results of the internal probe earlier this year. They said the fraud involved payments for consulting hours that were never worked by any of 10 computer firms that had multi-year contracts with the city.
The hours were filled in on time sheets that required Parent's approval.
Parent, who had been working for the city since 1982, was responsible for doling out work to outside computer consultants that were retained by the city following a public call for tenders.
The city fired Parent's superior, Joseph Hélal, earlier this year, for failing to catch onto the fraud scheme. Hélal is contesting his dismissal before a labour-relations board, the city confirmed yesterday.
A third bureaucrat was fired a few months later. The city says it cannot name the individual because the person has so far not contested the dismissal.
The Crown contends the fraud was committed between Aug. 1, 2006 and Sept. 30, 2008.
The Crown has four boxes of evidence, Schneider said.
"I'll look at the evidence before I advise my client what kind of plea he should enter," Schneider said.
The two men will also have a choice of a trial by jury or before a judge alone if they plead not guilty.
Bissonnette's lawyer, Marc Labelle, said he, too, would review the evidence, but added: "He will plead not guilty, that's for sure."
Lawyer's request rejected, Jones told to leave Dorval condo
As of tomorrow the once high-flying Bertram Earl Jones will officially be homeless.
The man who once owned four properties in two countries, three cars, membership at the oldest golf club in North America and a lifestyle that included lavish wining and dining, will be evicted from the Dorval condo he has been living in since being charged with theft and fraud on July 28.
Despite an 11th-hour request from his lawyer sent to trustees late Tuesday night asking that Jones be allowed to stay in the condo at 870 Lakeshore Rd. until the end of the month, attendees at yesterday's credit meeting gave an overwhelming thumbs-down to any leniency.
"We would like him removed from the condo on Sept. 11, without exception," said Kevin Curran, son of an alleged Jones victim, and a member of a committee working with RSM Richter.
Bankruptcy trustees have been given keys to three other properties owned either jointly by Jones and his wife, Maxine, or by Maxine alone. All four properties will be handed over to real-estate agents to be put up for sale in the coming weeks.
Jones did not show up at the creditors' meeting, the first since he was declared personally bankrupt on Aug. 19.
The trustee handling both Jones's corporate and personal bankruptcy issued figures yesterday, first reported by The Gazette in July, that Jones's four properties, in Dorval, Mont Tremblant, Boca Raton, Fla. and Cape Cod, Mass., are worth $1.6 million and mortgaged for almost $1 million.
Gilles Robillard, representing trustee RSM Richter, told the assembled alleged victims that all accounts owned by Maxine Jones have been frozen as have her husband's.
Regarding missing bank statements from 1999 to 2008, Robillard said his firm has received six boxes of documents from the Royal Bank of Canada and expects another seven boxes next week.
Other highlights of yesterday's meeting from the trustee:
Subpoenas will be issued to the former employees of Earl Jones and his wife, and on Sept. 16, the trustees expect to begin interviewing these people.
Anyone who received drafts or payments from Jones will also be interviewed to better understand where the money went.
Based on the documents received since the last creditors' meeting on Aug. 18, it appears Jones has been using client funds for personal use since the mid-1980s, possibly up to the level of $20 million from previous estimates of $12.3 million.
The bookkeeper Jones used was not a certified public accountant or was there ever an audit done of the books of Earl Jones Corporation.
151 claims have been filed against Jones by creditors so far, representing a total of $74.5 million.
After his personal bankruptcy judgment last month, the trustee advised Jones and his lawyer that he was required to pay rent for staying in a property he no longer owned. There was no reply to this request.
"I'm not sure what they will do, change the locks as of Sept. 11?" asked Peter Kent, whose mother is an alleged victim
"If he's not out on Friday we will take whatever measures it takes to get him to leave," Robillard said.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Not only do they shut down my blog?
- Sex crime victims' courage to speak out may have led to severe sentence by lay judges (Japan): http://tinyurl.com/m63dlm
- California violence shelters closing amid budget cuts (USA):http://tinyurl.com/m4smqy
- DNA makes a mark in fight against theft (New Zealand) http://tinyurl.com/nk3do4
- A move to register sex offenders globally (Time Online): http://tinyurl.com/nbm6re
- Brown pledges terror victim support (UK): http://tinyurl.com/m3by4u
- Sept. Crime Victim E-News (Adelaide, South Australia): http://tinyurl.com/luue8w
- Criminal convictions more than 10 years old will be wiped from people's records by new laws: http://tinyurl.com/nrdgpv
- Rape kits for use in incest cases distributed to regional hospitals (New Delhi, India):http://tinyurl.com/m4d8cc
- Yes, anyone can be an abuser or victim (USA): http://tinyurl.com/mtj9j5
- Internet service providers (ISPs) that do not stop child pornography on the Internet may be charged (UK): http://tinyurl.com/mn7hx2
- Pro-bono lawyers setting up shop in Centennial Square (BC, Canada):http://tinyurl.com/mohc7l
- "Differentiate rape from adultery" says Afghan rights groups:http://tinyurl.com/mgnrhz