It will be almost a year before a former provincial court judge goes on trial for breach of trust and a handful of sex assault charges.
David William Ramsay’s Supreme Court trial will begin May 3, 2004 and is expected to run for three weeks. A pre-trial teleconference will also be held January 29, 2004.
Charges against Ramsay include breach of trust, three sexual assault charges, including one with a weapon, a charge of sexual touching of a girl under 14, and a charge of soliciting the sexual services of a person under 18.
The charges were laid by a special prosecutor in February after two years of investigation by the RCMP. They stem from incidents that allegedly occured between 1992 and 2001.
Ramsay resigned from his job as provincial court judge on October 31, 2002. He had been a provincial court judge in Prince George since 1991.
A Prince George-based credit card scam could result in many more than the 68 charges already laid against four city residents. It could also cost its victims much more than the $40,000 in property theft already accounted for.
Completed police files were still trickling in even after RCMP announced they had arrested the suspects early this week. The 68 charges came as a result of 15 separate complaints, said RCMP spokesperson Constable Mike Caira.
The complaints came after local residents discovered billings on their credit card statements for purchases they had not made.
The scam didn’t come as the result of credit card theft, said Caira. The suspects were allegedly collecting credit card numbers and expiry dates and making purchases over the phone. They would pick up their purchases at a later date.
They obtained the credit card information from old receipts, said Caira. He couldn’t say how they got the receipts.
The four suspects face charges of fraud, theft of credit card data, possession of property obtained by crime and theft.
Police are also warning the public to protect credit card information by never lending cards out, and always keeping receipts until they are destroyed. They also recommend checking all billing statements every month to ensure there are no illegitimate purchases.
Caira said businesses should also be wary of accepting large purchases over the phone from unknown customers. They should phone the credit card company and ask them to confirm with the owner whether the phone order is legitimate, he said.
Police are not calling it a chop shop.
More likely a property busted with close to $100,000 in stolen goods was being used as a fence, said RCMP spokesperson Constable Mike Caira.
Police busted the Willow River property over the weekend and found a big stash of stolen toys and vehicles, including several late-model snowmobiles, a Polaris 6X6 all-terrain vehicle, a Yamaha 4X4 ATV, a truck and trailer and an inboard boat motor.
Police also seized a number of unregistered firearms, said Caira.
A husband and wife are expected to be charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, unauthorized possession of firearms and unsafe storage of weapons.