Trial began Monday (Jan. 19) for the daughter and former son-in-law of a Millet, Canada, farmer convicted in Alberta’s largest ever RV fraud scheme.
The Edmonton Journal reported that Rebekah Donszelmann, 33, and Steven Weeres, 55, are accused of fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000 related to two cases involving Leisure RV, a Millet-area motorhome rental business.
Under the ownership of Donszelmann’s father, Leisure RV was linked to numerous complaints between 2005 and 2007, when phantom motorhomes were sold and resold as part of a management investment program that promised guaranteed rental payments for investors who left their homes during peak season. In July 2014, Arnold Donszelmann was sentenced to seven years in prison over a $2.3 million fraud.
The allegations at the new trial stem from 2008, months after regulators had pulled Leisure RV’s rental licence and after Donszelmann no longer owned the business. Unlike the other case, they involve out-of-province complainants and complaints over regional rental agreements.
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