The Federal Court of Canada has thrown out the claim of an imprisoned double cop killer that he’s been defrauded by Corrections Canada and has ordered him to pay $150 to cover CSC’s legal costs. Protonothary Roger Lafrenière cited “radical deficiencies” in Richard Ambrose’s two-paragraph statement of claim and noted that it contained only “bald allegations of fraud and legal conclusions.” Ambrose filed it in January 2016, alleging that Corrections Canada improperly withheld money from him each month for room and board, beginning in October 2010, while he was confined in prisons in Alberta and B.C. Ambrose, who changed his name to Bergeron after his imprisonment for the cold-blooded murders of two Moncton, N.B. police officers in 1974, is well known to prison workers and parole authorities as a bitter, confrontational and sometimes aggressive complainer.
Ambrose claimed that he was improperly denied $50 each month from a WCB cheque he receives. Ambrose was released to Edmonton on full parole in 2000 and fell from a roof while working. He suffered a head injury that he has since claimed wiped out his memory of the murders he committed in 1974 with accomplice James Hutchison. Ambrose’s parole was revoked in 2005 and he was returned to prison. He has been denied in repeated bids for freedom. Ambrose’s claim named the Correctional Service of Canada, Bowden Institution in Alberta and Matsqui Institution in British Columbia as respondents. The two paragraphs of his claim were reproduced in Lafrenière’s decision:
“1.The Plaintiff claims the CSC did commit fraud on the Plaintiff by charging him $50.00 room and board on his monthly WCB cheque every month. It was also a violation of Commissioner’s Directive 860-21. From October 2010 to Sept. 2013, in October 2013 I was charged $180.00 for room and board totals $1980 plus $2.05 fraud on postage.
2.Plaintiff claims Matsqui CSC committed fraud on him via depriving him of pay from September 2014 to present so approximately $320.00.”
Federal prisoners typically surrender 22 per cent of their inmate pay to Corrections Canada to cover food and accommodation costs but prisoners who have additional sources of income are typically required to contribute 30 per cent of the additional money toward food and accommodation costs. An inmate can earn a maximum of $6.90 daily for work at a prison job.
The federal court noted that Corrections Canada brought a motion to “strike” Ambrose’s claim and he failed to respond, despite being “duly served.” The decision concluded that Ambrose, who represented himself in the claim, didn’t properly identify the defendants, and he failed to provide any details of the alleged fraud perpetrated against him:
“The Plaintiff has failed to plead any particulars of fraud, such as what specific representation was made to him, what was false in the said representation, who made the representation and when the representation was made. The Plaintiff has also failed to plead that the person (or persons) who made the representation intended to deceive the Plaintiff or induce him to act or alter his position.”
Ambrose and Hutchison were sentenced to hang after they killed Const. Michael O’Leary and Cpl. Aurele Bourgeois on Dec. 13, 1974. The officers were pushed into a shallow grave and shot in the head. Hutchison was on parole in New Brunswick at the time of the murders from a sentence for armed robbery. He had already amassed a 30-year record of violent crimes. The death sentences were commuted to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 25 years, after capital punishment was abolished in 1976. Hutchison died behind bars in June 2011.
Here’s the decision of the Federal Court of Canada, dated February 22, 2016, rejecting Ambrose’s fraud claim: