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    Phoney Loan Broker From Calgary Jailed 18 Months

    On Friday, September 12th, 2008, Provincial Court Judge Heather Lamoureux sentenced a female loan broker to 18 months jail for her role in operating a series of companies claiming to provide financing services to vulnerable Western Canadians from September 2004 to April 2006. In this “scam”, none of the 44 known victims received any financing, and the broker collectively collected $72,730.

    In addition to the 18-month jail sentence, the female broker also received an order for 24 months probation, and was ordered to pay back via restitution the $72,730. When Lamoureux read out the jail sentence, the broker wept uncontrollably.

    This broker started being involved with another individual in loan brokering as far back as 1999, and all indications are that there was a romantic component to this. In 2004 the broker agreed to transfer a number of trade names into her name, and began to offer her own loan brokering services. While there were up to five different companies involved, most prominent was something known as SBC Alliance Capital.

    Ironically, the loan brokering business operated in an upstairs shared office with a company doing marketing for Crimestoppers just above an optical store close to Stampede Park.

    The loan broker placed advertisements in community newspapers offering the loan brokerage services. The victims, (of which none are allowed to be identified), paid anywhere from $1500 to $2500, and nobody received any financing.

    The Calgary Police shut down this business and its activities in early 2006.

    Judge Lamoureux, in a written judgment, said, “The facts of this particular case, including the serious impact of these crimes upon the multiple-disadvantaged victims, leads the court to conclude that a sentence of imprisonment must be imposed”.

    Rainbow Investigations has had a particular interest in this story since we were retained to investigate the situation by one of the victims. Over the course of the court hearings, other victims contacted us as well.

    Since this story has been out there, Rainbow Investigations has followed up with this particular former broker, and we can report that now she has completed her sentence in custody, and appears to be a much better person today. While our outstanding is that she has a bit more time to be on probation, to her credit she has made restitution payments, and at this time she does appear to be showing genuine remorse, which is refreshing for all us.

    Date of Story: Monday, September 22, 2008
    Story Posted By: Ron Reinhold
    Source: Ron Reinhold

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