Robin Marc Smith (inset, 2007 booking photo) had a 30-year career as a Grinch – and he was remarkably good at it – so it’s surprising to see him don a Santa hat so that he can break, enter and give. Smith organized a charity event in a small eastern Ontario town in which a band of holiday ‘bandits’ broke into the house of a needy family. The group of about a dozen people knew the single mom wasn’t home because she had taken her two young children to visit a mall Santa. The group left gifts and $500 cash behind and no clue to their identity. Local media around Tweed, a small village 200 kilometres east of Toronto, reported the feel-good story but with no mention of Smith’s infamous past. Smith tells me (hear the full interview after the jump), that everyone in the Tweed area knows about his past.
A Trenton, Ontario woman jailed for fraud in Mexico, and who became a celebrity convict, whisked back to Canada on a private jet at a cost to taxpayers of $83,000, is in trouble with parole authorities, a National Parole Board document obtained by Cancrime reveals. The board has slapped a slew of stricter conditions on Brenda Martin (above) after “recurring incidents of excessive alcohol consumption.” Read the complete decision after the jump.
A veteran Ontario Provincial Police officer charged today in a $15-million fraud against Canadian rail and aircraft maker Bombardier was at a mock trial at a Toronto high school last month, where a novel justice program helps instill in 15- and 16-year-old students a “sense of civic mindedness and active citizenship.”
Most media reports ignored some controversy in the Brenda Martin (inset) parole case. She’s the Trenton, Ont., woman who spent two years in a Mexican prison. She was convicted there of money laundering. After a furious public campaign in Canada, she was transferred to a Canadian prison, then quickly paroled. She has maintained she was railroaded in Mexico. Corrections Canada staff who assessed her recommended she be ordered to undergo psychological counselling after release, according to a record of her May 9, 2008, parole decision (read it after the jump). The parole board refused to order it.