Earl Jones could be released from jail soon

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Earl Jones, the West Island con artists responsible for a 50 million dollar Ponzi scheme, scamming over 150 people may be released from prison after serving only four years of his sentence, unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise.

In March 2011, just months before Jones would have been able to walk free serving one sixth of his sentence, the Harper government eliminated that automatic release not just for new convictions but for people already in federal jail.

But the decision of retroactivity for people, like Jones, convicted before the date of abolition, is being challenged in court.

“I think it’s just a joke that this takes place in Canada, he affected over 150 people mostly seniors and it’s a slap in the face to know that he’s coming out so soon,” Ginny Nelles, one of his victims, said.

“I hope that he stays in prison, I don’t see any reason why he needs to get out or why he would get out for the damages he caused.”

Earl Jones was sentenced to 11 years in prison in February 2010, under the old rules having been a first-time, non-violent offender he was eligible for release in December 2011.

His case, among 40 others, is presently being evaluated.

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  1. Fred Wix posted on 01/29/2014 01:05 PM
    He didn't kill anybody. These people could have invested safely in approved and government protected investment vehicles but they wanted more, including a measure of tax avoidance.
    4 years in jail, that is enough. And take any future money he might earn and give it to the victims. But lets make violent crime the prime requirement for incarceration longer than 4 years. What Jones did was terrible, but 4 years and a constant lien on any future earnings is fair. Now lets all move on and invest safely. Greed is not a great driver of financial action.
    1. Jules posted on 01/29/2014 06:39 PM
      @Fred Wix I didn't do business with Jones, but to be fair, the banks willingly granted Jones permission to access several of his clients account without proper paperwork and authorization. True, this was not the case for most of his clients, but some of his victims were surprised the bank granted a "false" power of attorney to him.

      To think, I can't even access my wife's bank account without proper authorization and approved paper work or power of attorney. Those people didn't deserve this.
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