In the current case of triple deleter George Gretes, when the Court Room dust has settled, the personal financial penalty will be $5,000 out of his own pocket; reputation tarnished and ...... there might, or might not, be a repeat of the $6 million buyout of Dave Basi and Bobby Virk to change their pleas from Innocent to Guilty to help with their costs of having lawyers.
BC Rail Trail: Who would be hurt, financially the most if Virk and Basi had not changed their plea? The government had already strung the trial out to the point it should have been called a Missed Trial long before October 2010 when former Finance Minister Gary Collins was about to take the Stand. It was obvious from Mr. Brown, former Chief of Staff to Premier Gordon Campbell with his testimony that he had no memory of ANYTHING, which means, of course, that that is why documentation, emails, fax, telegrams, are so important then, and especially today. Nothing Learned; Nothing Gained.
The BC Liberals are not bloody likely to go down that same path of spending $6 million deal again with George Gretes but there is another option that was created AFTER the Basi Virk buyout was used:
British Columbia is one of two provinces that pioneered the use of civil forfeiture in Canada to deter unlawful activity by taking away instruments and proceeds of it. Today, seven provinces have civil forfeiture programs.If the deleting of just one email has a penalty of $5,000use the civil forfeiture act to go after everyone else since 2001, right back to Mr. Ken Dobell with all costs borne by the perps?
"George, you do realize that every time you hit the Delete Key its one more strike against you for a Penalty fine of $5,000? You do realize that? You were deleting files on your first day that that 'Minister' hired you for Finance. Were you so effective there that other Cabinet Ministers decided that they could use your talent too?"
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Gretes was suspended with pay last May and Transportation Minister Todd Stone said his resignation was accepted when the privacy commissioner's report was released in October.
He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Victoria on April 20. If the case proceeds to trial, it will be heard by a judge alone.
The penalty for the charge is a fine of up to $5,000. - HuffingtonPost
Gretes is just the tip of the iceberg of Penalties that could be collected from individuals. Six million dollars easily, maybe even Billions of dollars.