(VIDEO) FRAUDSTER RICHARD BELBAS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING TODAY

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(THUNDER BAY, ONT) โ€“ Supposed to appear in courtroom 204 today is 41-year-old Richard Belbas. His Honour Justice Newton presiding, along with Crown Attorney Andrew Sadler, and defence lawyer is Chris Watkins.

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Court started today, with defence lawyer Watkins indicating that it was his belief that today was going to be an extension of pretrial.

The Crown states that today was expected to be for sentencing submissions, and to move forward with the list of charges that have grown since the initial appearance. All of his charges have been combined into one court proceeding.

Belbas did not appear in court, even though he is in the building. Belbas walked into court at 10:20 am, even though court was scheduled for 10:00 am.

*** UPDATE

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Court resumes with Belbas present. Belbas pleads guilty to the following additonal charges:

  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud under $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud under $5000
  • Fraud under $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fail to comply probabtion (keep peace be of good behaviour)
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Fail to comply probabtion (keep the peace be of good behaviour)
  • Fraud under $5000
  • Fail to comply probation (inform probation of anyone belbas works for in construction)
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ADMITTED FACTS

April 2014 A complainant found a Kijiji advertisement under the name โ€œCraigโ€™s Contractingโ€ and after corresponding, Richard Belbas showed up to the home. Belbas took payment for $7000 and after no work was completed, he refunded $725. Belbas made excuses as to why the work could not be done, and became hard to get a hold of

.Janury 2016 Belbas was hired to build a garage. He was paid $1500, then $2500, then $4000 to start the work. Work was never completed and no refund issued.

Fall 2016 Belbas was hired to do snowplowing. The snow plowing was satisfactory. In March 2017 Belbas offered the complainant โ€œSea Canโ€ units for $1600 each. Belbas was paid $4800 for 3 units that were never delivered, and no refund issued.

April 2017 โ€œRichard Ellisโ€ received payment from a complainant for a sea can for $1600, which was never delivered and no refund issued.

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May 2017 A complainant paid Belbas $1600 for a sea can which was never delivered, and no refund issued.

Belbas approached a homeowner who was building a home, he offered to do the windows on the project and receivedย payment of $6270. No work was completed, no goods provided, and no refund issued.

January 2017 Belbas took money from an elderly couple, to do a bathroom renovation, which he completed. During the bathroom renovation, Belbas advised the homeowners of other significant work that the home needed. Belbas took $5000 for this additional work, but never showed up and never refunded any money.

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Belbas was hired to execute some renovations to a trailer for a complainant. He took $11,825 from the complainant, in which $6000 was a loan. Belbas never completed the project, supplies were never delivered, and he did not return any money.

March 2013 โ€“ October 2013 Belbas was paid to do some construction work for a complainant to the tune of $7230. No services were provided and no money was returned.

Belbas was hired to remove some bushes, installed a fence and gate. Belbas was paid first $5600 then $4800. During his time at the complainantโ€™s property, he took a snowblower claiming he could sell it for $500. The snowblower was never returned, no money was refunded, and the work was not completed.

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Summer 2014 Belbas was paid $4000 to build a deck for a complainant. He failed to show up, and the complainant threatened to call the police. Belbas showed up shortly after that and began to dig up the home owners basement, due to some water issues. Belbas abandoned the job, never returned the money, and actually caused damage to the home that another contractor had to repair.

April 2018, Belbas failed to comply with his probation order which states he must inform his probation officer about his employment. Belbas also took $6300 from a complainant during this time, failed to return the money, and no work was completed.

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DISCUSSIONS

Defence lawyer Chris Watkins claims that these facts are โ€œsubstantially correctโ€.ย  He further notes that he anticipates the next sentencing date to occur in October, as to have enough time ot have medical evidence completed and submitted before the courts, citing that the doctor preparing it is โ€œfrom Torontoโ€ and needs more time.

The Crown urges that the victims want this matter to be concluded, and that he is limited to what he can do to press the case further when the defence needs more time to produce evidence. The Crown seems to indicate doubtfulness of the validity of the evidence to the case.

Furthermore, the Crown indicates that he would like to have direct correspondance with this doctor.

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Defence lawyer Chris Watkins claims the Belbas is working, and restitution will be getting paid.

After some further discussions, His Honour sets the next sentencing date for November 5th, 2018.

AFTER COURT HUSTLE

TRCCTB.COM is dedicated to getting our audience pictures and videos that surround the articles we publish.

We went the extra mile and attempted to get a new photo of Belbas leaving court, in which he detected and kept his face away from the camera as pictured below:

I decided I could use the exercise and attempted to run around him to get the glamour shot of his face, which ended up failing not only due to my obesitiy, but also in part by Belbasโ€™ apparent determination to keep his mug out of the media. Belbas abruptly darted out into traffic to avoid the camera:

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I decided to keep my distance, and lurk in the shawdows to attempt to idenfity which vehicle Belbas is driving, as to inform the public so that people are aware of which vehicle to be on the lookout for when hiring a contractor. Pictured below is Belbas entering a black Dodge ram pick-up truck:

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I noticed Belbas started the vehicle and aggressively started backing up, so i whipped out my trusty iPhone and began to record. Below is the video of Belbas Yabba Dabba Doโ€™ing his way out of the path of TRCCTB.COM.

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ALLEGEDLY CONTINUING HIS FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES

Two separate people, both involved in the case, have informed TRCCTB.COM that Richard Belbas may be continuing his fraudulent scams under two new names, โ€œRichard Ellisโ€ (as admitted in court) and โ€œRichard Spence). Please share this article so that everyone can see Belbasโ€™ face and be made aware of his admitted fraudulent activites. Below is a gathering of photos of Richard Belbas, as is in the public interest that people are aware of this manโ€™s mug.

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2 Replies to “(VIDEO) FRAUDSTER RICHARD BELBAS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING TODAY”

  1. He plead guilty to a bunch of charges in 2017 including mine for over $17,000.00 and was supposed to be sentenced in Feb 2018. Did not happen. Were those the same charges he was supposed to be sentenced for today or are they all new charges? Why isn’t this man sitting in jail while he waits for his sentences? At the very least it would keep him from racking up new victims. Now he has another 6 months to victimize lord knows how many more people. When is enough enough. That man caused me endless hardship and health issues because of what he shamelessly did to me. Who in our justice system actually cares about the victims? No one.

    1. All of his previous charges, and the new ones are combined into one sentencing, which has been delayed until November 5th, 2017. If you would like to be interviewed, please email contactus@trcctb.com and let us help you get your story out.

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