Regina vs. Lucas, Lipson and Kendall

Retail
Consumer Fraud

Lost quarter; Lost trial

Sunway Distributing Ltd, a vending machine distributor advertised in newspapers across Canada, offering substantial, guaranteed, spare-time income which could be earned for an investment of only $1,000 to $3,000.

In fact, no one made any money.

I was in the witness box being cross-examined when in front of the jury defense counsel proceeded to insert a quarter into a machine.  The only problem was that he lost his quarter.  His eyes moved toward his client; it was a moment of comfort for me and a lesson in courtroom theatre.  I recommend to young forensic accountants that they spend time in a courtroom to become a little more comfortable and more knowledgeable on the workings of a courtroom, the players, the formalities and the theatrics.


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