Regina v. A.A.K. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – July 2017]

A.A.K. was charged with a multitude of fraud and theft offences as a result of the sale of a motor vehicle. A.A.K. was alleged to have fraudulently misrepresented the status of the vehicle as having a clear title, when in fact it was salvaged and rebuilt. Moreover, A.A.K. was alleged to have represented the vehicle as being accident-free. Unfortunately for A.A.K., this wasn’t a case of “buyer beware”. The purchaser of the vehicle reported the misrepresentation to AMVIC (Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council), which employes their own investigators. One of these investigators consequently sought out A.A.K. and interrogated him. A.A.K., not knowing that he was at risk of being charged with a criminal offence, provided a full statement, much to his detriment. The matter proceeded to a preliminary inquiry, where Sean Fagan effectively challenged the credibility of key witnesses and uncovered potential wrongdoing on behalf of the supposed victim. As a consequence of the irreparable damage done to the case for the prosecution, Sean Fagan caused all charges to be withdrawn prior to trial.