- Created: Tuesday, 14 October 2008 05:00
An Ontario, Canada, RV dealer stole more than $2 million from customers who left their motorhomes and trailers to be sold on consignment at his dealership.
Donald Earle, 58, would turn around and sell the unit, keep the money, and never tell the new buyers that a lean still existed.
According to the Barrie Examiner, Earl pled guilty in September to 190 counts of fraud for duping hundreds of victims from across Ontario out of their life savings. He received a three-year prison sentence.
Earle admitted he pilfered the money from 2001 to 2005 at his dealership, RV Barrie, on Highway 11, north of Barrie. Many of the victims were elderly and had their life savings wrapped up in motorhomes worth up to $100,000, the Examiner reported. Some victims had fallen ill and were trying to sell their RVs because they couldn’t keep up with the payments.
Earle, who is considered a first-time offender to a non-violent crime, will be eligible to apply for work-release parole after serving about six months, the Examiner stated.