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Arlan Galbraith

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News from The Vancouver Poultry & Fancy Pigeon Association Newsletter, 6 April 2014 [cached]
Kitchener, Ont.- The crown attorney handling charges against Arlan Galbraith, founder of Pigeon King International, the alleged ponzi scheme fraudster, has decided to consult with the complainants. Galbraith is scheduled to go to court on August 24th to face charges of one count of fraud over $5000 and four counts under various sections of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the maximum penalties for which include both fines and terms of imprisonment. Police have estimated about 1000 people invested over $20 million in the failed scheme. The meeting between the crown attorney and anyone who provided a police statement in connection with the charges brought against Arlan Galbraith will take place on June 16th and will provide updates and a "possible resolution".
Arlan Galbraith, former ..., 28 Feb 2012 [cached]
Arlan Galbraith, former owner of Waterloo-based Pigeon King International, told an Ontario Court of Justice hearing in Kitchener Monday he wants a preliminary hearing and a trial before a jury.
Galbraith is accused of defrauding more than 1,000 investors across North America of up to $20 million after he sold them breeding pigeons with the promise he would buy the offspring at a profit to the investor. Critics accused him of having no other source of revenue besides more investors.
The entire operation, which began in 2002, fell apart when he was unable to recruit more investors and declared bankruptcy in 2008.
The case garnered considerable publicity and at one point was featured on the U.S. television program 60 Minutes.
Given the complexity of the evidence “it is very much to your benefit to retain counsel,†Hearn told Galbraith.
It would take two years to bring a new lawyer up to speed on the case, which includes about 600,000 pages of documents, Galbraith told the judge.
“I urge you to consider retaining counsel,†Hearn repeated to Galbraith.
Galbraith was charged with fraud after a two-year police investigation.
Arlan Galbraith, former ..., 4 Nov 2013 [cached]
Arlan Galbraith, former owner of the defunct company is defending himself in a case that could continue for another six to eight weeks
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The selection of a 14-member jury that will decide the fate of Arlan Galbraith will continue Tuesday in Superior Court in Kitchener.
Galbraith, the man behind Pigeon King International Inc., is charged with defrauding investors of more than $1 million. In addition, he is facing four more charges under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in connection with the alleged fraud.
Pigeon King International sold pairs of pigeons to farmers In Canada and the United States at high prices and bought back the offspring, Galbraith declared the company bankrupt in 2009.
Galbraith, who has not hired a lawyer and is representing himself in court, pleaded not guilty to all five charges in a near-empty court on Monday before Justice G. E. Taylor.
Arlan Galbraith Pigeon King International PKI
Arlan Galbraith, the founder ..., 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
Arlan Galbraith, the founder of Pigeon King International at Waterloo, Ont., is due back in Superior Court in Kitchener on Dec. 12 for a hearing on the possibility of bail until the sentencing hearing, reporters wrote.
Sentencing is likely to be in January, at which time Crown prosecutors plan to seek a nine-year prison term for Galbraith, Brian Caldwell wrote Friday for the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.
Galbraith, Reusser said, was "taking advantage of people from the beginning and jeopardizing their farms and their ability to make a living" and the Pigeon King's highly-touted meat bird was "really just an ordinary pigeon."
According to the Record, Galbraith did not testify in his own defense in court. It took the jury of six men and six women two days of deliberations before reaching a verdict.
Galbraith also represented himself in court, the Record said, despite repeated urgings from Superior Court Justice Gerry Taylor that the defendant should hire a lawyer. - Network
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Arlan Galbraith, owner of bankrupt Pigeon King International, leaves a creditor's meeting in Kitchener in 2008. next play/pause pre Waterloo Region Record ByBrian Caldwell
KITCHENER - More than five years after his pigeon-breeding empire came crashing down, Arlan Galbraith is finally scheduled to go on trial Monday for an alleged $20-million fraud.
A salesperson known for his folksy charm, Galbraith promoted Pigeon King International as the saviour of the family farm by promising healthy returns for raising young birds.
But with concerns already swirling that the Waterloo-based business was more akin to a Ponzi scheme, it went bankrupt in the summer of 2008.
Left in the lurch were hundreds of farmers across North America - largely from Amish and Mennonite communities - who had invested in breeding pairs with guaranteed prices for their offspring.
Galbraith blamed jealous "fear mongers" for smearing him, questioning his motives and drying up new investment needed to expand into squab production.
Waterloo Regional Police initially said it appeared the costly collapse was nothing more than "an investment that's gone bad."
But after a flood of complaints from farmers and a 2 1/2-year investigation, Galbraith was charged in late 2010 with fraud and violations of the Bankruptcy Act.
He has steadfastly maintained his innocence ever since, representing himself in the complicated case during a preliminary hearing in Kitchener last year.
"I'm no criminal," he said in an interview outside court. "The worst thing I ever had in my life was a speeding ticket. I'm a model citizen, for God's sake."
Nevertheless, Galbraith was ordered to stand trial by the hearing judge.
Founder and sole owner of Pigeon King, Galbraith recruited farmers to buy pairs of breeding birds for up to $500.
In return, he agreed to buy back the offspring at fixed prices for the duration of contracts that generally ran for five to 10 years.
Galbraith claimed to be building up breeding stock as he developed plans to establish processing plants to turn out pigeon meat, or squab, for restaurants and dinner tables.
The essence of the fraud allegations is that he had no real market for so many birds and ran a doomed scheme that relied on more and more investors to pay existing ones.
Still not represented by a lawyer, Galbraith chose to fight the case before a jury of peers in Superior Court in Kitchener.
•2001 - Arlan Galbraith starts his pigeon-breeding business, marketing it for the first several years as a supplier of birds for hobbyists interested in them for sport.
•2005 - Local police interview Galbraith after concerns are raised about Pigeon King International, but find it to be a sincere venture and take no action.
•2008 - As several U.S. states raise concerns about a possible Ponzi scheme, Galbraith insists the potential is still enormous: "We're scratching the surface of a giant iceberg."
•December 2010 - After turning himself in to police, Galbraith is charged with defrauding hundreds of investors between 2004 and 2008. Total losses are estimated at $20 million.
•November 2012 - Galbraith ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing. "Everybody would have been paid," he insists in an interview proclaiming his innocence.
•November 4, 2013 - Six- to eight-week jury trial scheduled to begin as Galbraith represents himself in Superior Court in Kitchener.
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