Charges stayed in alleged Rexall theft
Recent charges relating to an alleged $469,000 theft against the former operations manager for the company providing food services at Rexall Place have been stayed.
Alvin Jackson Goh, 35, was charged on March 7 with two counts of theft over $5,000 and one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000 in relation to two alleged heists from a locked company vault.
However, the three charges were stayed in Provincial Court on May 29 after Crown prosecutor James Pickard, of the specialized prosecutions unit, filed a stay of proceedings. The $100,000 posted for Goh bail was also returned.
Typically, charges are stayed when there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction vans shoes , but no such reason was provided and Pickard said he was unable to comment on the case.
A stay of proceedings also allows the Crown the opportunity to reactivate the charges for up to one year.
Meanwhile, a $1 million lawsuit filed against Goh and his wife by Dominion Sportservice Corporation, which alleges the former employee also stole more than $600,000 while working as a bartender for the company, continues.
In a May 17 appearance in Court of Queen Bench special chambers, an order freezing the Goh assets was amended to al vans shoes low them $3,000 per month for living expenses. Goh must also advise the court once he gets a job.
According to court documents in the civil case, Dominion alleges Goh went with his wife on a lavish shopping holiday to London, England shortly after being suspended with pay on Jan. 27 and says police believe he has distributed the stolen funds to a number of bank accounts.
In an amended statement of claim filed March 29, Dominion alleges Goh twice disarmed the company vault and stole bags of cash. About $237,000 went missing in an Oct. 21 theft and $232,000 disappeared in a Jan. 13 theft.
In a document filed in support of the civil action, the company alleges Goh had the means and opportunity to do the theft because he was one of three people with the codes to unlock the vault and the other two were not there then.
As well, Goh was the last person in the room before the video camera turned off prior to the theft, says the document. Regarding the Jan. 13 theft, the company says in the document the surveillance was unplugged between the times Goh disarmed the safe and then rearmed it.
The company also alleges in the same document that Goh and his wife went travelling after his dismissal and an affidavit from a co worker who says she provided Goh with a secondary card for her American Express account provides records detailing his spending in England.
According to the AMEX records, Goh spent nearly $3,000 for return flights to London for he and his wife Kara. He also used the credit card to spend more than $32,000 shopping during the two week trip in February, including about $12,000 at Harrods and $4,000 at Louis Vuitton.
In the statement of claim, Dominion also alleges Goh defrauded the company of more than $600,000 over several years while he was working as a bartender by systematically voiding cash sales and keeping the proceeds.
According to the court documents, Goh began working for Dominion as a bartender in March 2007 and was promoted to operations manager in September 2011.
The statement of claim also alleges Goh wife was either aware of and conspired with her husband in the thefts or was unjustl vans shoes y enriched by his alleged crimes.
Both vans shoes Gohs have filed statements of defence in which they deny all of the allegations. Statements of claim and statements of defence contain unproven allegations.