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Scam, violation of trust charges dropped against ex-Baffin Fisheries Coalition CEO

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Garth Reid was set last year with cheating on an Inuit-owned firm.
  • Garth Reid, 52, was indicted in March 2021 with a scam of over $5,000 and a criminal infringement of trust arising from his time as the firm’s leader between October 2016 and April 2017.

Accusations against the former CEO of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition, indicted for cheating the firm he once led, have been sunk.

Garth Reid, 52, was charged in March 2021 with scamming over $5,000 and a criminal violation of trust arising from his time as the firm’s leader between October 2016 and April 2017.

Lloyd Strickland, director of public prosecutions in Newfoundland and Labrador, authorized in an email to CBC News Thursday that the charges were removed, resulting in closed proceedings.

“The Crown attorney led a complete review, and upon getting further details from the RNC, it was determined that there was no longer a valid chance of a trust,” Strickland wrote.

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Accusations against the former CEO of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition, indicted for cheating the firm he once led, have been sunk

Strickland did not provide further points on the decision in the case, noting sensitive commercial interests affected. 

He added, “the company is free to pursue redress in a civil court, where the responsibility of proof is not above a reasonable doubt but on a balance of possibilities.”

In the fall of 2017, Baffin Fisheries removed Reid and sued him in civil court for $1.4 million, alleging that he made on his private property in Winterton, N.L., and billed the firm for the work.

In a notice of defense, Reid refused the allegations against him. He said if Baffin Fisheries made any expenses for his property, he didn’t know regarding it, and they were done out of a failure by the firm. He counter-sued for $20 million over violation of contract and slander.

Source – CBC News

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