Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jasmohan Singh Bains was back in court

Speaking of Christy Clark and Rich Coleman testifying at the Money Laundering Inquiry, Jasmohan Singh Bains was back in court April 13th. Jasmohan Singh Bains is the cousin of Dave Basi and Bob Virk and was convicted of cocaine trafficking. This blog post on In Sights gives a good summery of the case. This blog post on Cannabis Link talks about how David Basi originally faced two drug charges but copped a plea and the criminal charges were dropped.

Back in 2008 BC Rail Mary reported that under the Reason for Sentence of Jasmohan, line 20 states "In addition, the Crown seeks a fine in lieu of forfeiture of funds received by Mr. Bains during the course of the investigation. The value of these funds is known to be $242,170.00, and due diligence has not discovered the location of those funds. It is not contested that these funds were proceeds of crime. I have little discretion in this matter, and this case does not fall within that narrow discretion. Further, the ability of the offender to pay is irrelevant."

"I must also impose default imprisonment of between two and three years, given the amount of the fine. My only real discretion is in determining the amount of time Mr. Bains will be given to pay the fine. I therefore order that Mr. Bains pay a fine in the amount of $242,170.00 in lieu of restitution pursuant to the provisions of Part 12 of the Criminal Code. He will have two years in which to pay the fine. In default of payment, Mr. Bains will serve three years imprisonment, consecutive to the term of imprisonment to which I have earlier sentenced him."

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