Newmarket (December 24, 2019) – The convicted business fraudster, Richard Glen Allison, was arrested and charged with Breach of Probation on December 20, after failing to pay restitution. On March 29, 2018, the Court ordered Allison to make restitution payments in the amount of not less than $3,000.00 per month following his release as one of the conditions of his probation. He was released from custody after serving two-thirds of his sentence. Therewith, the 3 year probation period started. To date, Allison has not paid any restitution to his victim.
In 2018, Allison was sentenced for a business scam by the Ontario Court of Justice. Allison was hired as an independent sales agent for No Panic Computing in 2014. Between March and September 2014, he pulled a scheme in which he made No Panic Computing believe that he had sold computers worth approximately $500,000 to the energy company Encana. No Panic Computing delivered the hardware and paid Allison $91,875 in sales commission.
The business scam
However, Encana was never part of the deal, nor did they receive the computers and No Panic Computing never received any payment for their delivered products. Allison had told No Panic Computing that their invoices to Encana should go through him as opposed to No Panic Computing directly sending an invoice to Encana. Within weeks Allison had told No Panic Computing that there was an internal re-organization at Encana and that Encana no longer needed the computers for business reasons.
The invoice Allison sent to No Panic Computing for his commission of $91,875 on the Encana deal was a false statement. The trial showed the evidence was overwhelming that Allison knew that there was no real contract with Encana. Allison knew that he was not entitled to the commission, obtained it, and kept it anyway. Eventually, No Panic Computing uncovered the scheme and was successful in getting the computers back. It took years for No Panic Computing to recover from the loss Allison’s scheme caused.
Refusing to pay restitution
On March 29, 2018, Allison was convicted of defrauding No Panic Computing over $5,000, knowing a document to be forged, using it as if it were genuine, obtaining merchandise from No Panic Computing over $5,000 by false pretenses and with intent to defraud, making a false statement in writing. The court ordered a sentence of two years less a day in jail.
Besides the sentencing, he was also ordered to pay $342,447.59 in restitution and placed on a three year probation following his release from prison. The terms of Allison’s probation were, first, to maintain and operate only one email address, which shall be provided to the probation officer, second, to not operate any web sites or URL addresses without the prior permission of the probation officer; and third, to make restitution payments in the amount of not less than $3,000.00 per month. This year, Allison was released from custody after serving two-thirds of his sentence. After he was released, his 3 year probation period started.
Since his release, Allison did not make a single restitution payment and consequently, breached his terms of probation. Subsequently, he was arrested and charged with Breach of Probation on December 20 of this year. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 23, 2020.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.