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Pigeon King escalated to ‘criminal investigation’
June 25, 2009
Police still gathering evidence more than a year after pigeon breeding scheme collapses

Photo: The former Pigeon King International was headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario.

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by BETTER FARMING STAFF

Waterloo Regional Police Service’s fraud squad has escalated its review of a former pigeon breeding scheme into a criminal investigation.

Staff Sgt. Wally Hogg, a spokesperson with the fraud squad, says police spent the last several months reviewing information and following up on calls about the former Pigeon King International to determine whether the case was a civil or criminal matter.

“We realize there are civil litigations going on,” Hogg says, adding police had to establish criminality before launching a criminal investigation. They are now gathering evidence to lay a charge, a process that could take at least two months, he says.

PKI, owned and operated by Arlan Galbraith, was a Waterloo-based scheme that involved selling pigeon breeding pairs for as much as $500 and buying back offspring for up to $50 each. The business collapsed last June leaving nearly 1,000 breeders in Canada and the United States saddled with a pile of worthless pigeons.

The fraud squad, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, has been looking into the case since June 2008. In January, each police force assigned two officers full-time.

Police have occasionally referred to the review as an investigation, but Hogg calls these “semantics” and emphasizes the criminal investigation was only launched this month and previously “it’s been a review of the complaints that we have received.”

Hogg says the case is “unique to us.”

The length of time taken with the review had to do with the volume of complaints. “Each file had to be looked at, reviewed, confirm the information; lots of things actually,” he says. BF



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Submitted by an online visitor on June 26, 2009 - 2:33am.
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While investigating another pyramid fraud in the summer of 2007 a farmer brought this scheme of Galbraith's to my attention explaining how the money flowed. It took literally 5 minutes to figure it out. So, does any of this make sense. Anyone following the Madoff Ponzi scheme will know that the private investigator who uncovered that fraud figured it out in 20 minutes once he established the "money flow" and lack of any real investment, and that scheme was far more involved than PKI.

All that necessary was to verify what this farmer was relating was indeed factual. He directed me to a farmer raising PKI pigeons. The farmer showed me the "paper" on it, and the letter offering 18% for doing nothing when Galbraith was touting he had multi-millions of dollars and a "debt free" business, which if true, he would have had no problem obtaining money from any lending institution for a few points over prime. Big red Flag!!!

I then called Galbraith. He confirmed everything stating he was "building a breeding flock". When I enquired if he was taking the money from the last "investors and using it to pay the contracts of the earlier investor he admitted there was nowhere else for these 10's of millions to come from. "Simple deduction, Watson".

In November 2006, I was sued for $10,000,000 in the Ontario Superior by two companies operating pyramid frauds out of Mississauga while police and government authorities simply sat back watching the vicious spectacle doing nothing, and have done nothing to this day. In the precedent setting decision directly linking the product masked pyramid scheme to a "naked scheme" (one without product) easily recognized by, and accepted by police authorities, the judge ruled my investigation and research was correct in ever detail even stating at Paragraph [35] "In the absence of evidence that even begins to rebut the assertions made by Thornton...." then going on to rule in his decision that both the "operations" were prima facie Criminal Code and Federal Competition Act violations. One of these scams we were successful in shutting down by contacting Interpol, Scotland Yard, the local police and England's High Court when they tried their nonsense in the U.K.

The Fraud Squad here, blindly, conveniently, doggedly and contrary to law, cling to their flawed concept that product masked schemes are "legal". They did with PKI, notwithstanding not only my having informed them of, and presenting to them the Ontario Superior Court decision and pointing them in the direction of several professions on the subject ....i.e. math and business professors, forensic accountants, the organization Pyramid Scheme Alert, and Lawyer, Michael Webster LLB PhD former professor and now specializing in corporate corruption who I retained to give a legal opinion specifically on PKI which he posted publicly to his website in a 5 part series. Anyone following this story will remember that the concept touted that PKI was legal, notwithstanding all that information provided to the Fraud Squad, was "pushed" on the farmers and the public world-wide on both CTV & CBC TV. "We can't see anything illegal" stated the fraud detective on CTV. The CBC anchor simply and gratuitously stated "It is clearly legal in Canada."

You are invited to read the Ontario Superior Court decision referred to at www.crimebustersnow.com.

Getting no where with the fraud Squad, a citizen interested in that court decision had contacted me. I informed him about the PKI operation and how I could easily prove this decision also applied to PKI. He suggested posting on "Craig's List" where Better Farming found the story and contacted me. I then directed Robert at B.F. to Galbraith's former employee Bill Top.

Bill Top had contacted me after his wife had been informed by a friend of the email to Arlan I posted to the internet after Arlan refused to acknowledge my opinion that this was a classic Ponzi scheme and to immediately stop writing contracts that would, again in my opinion, see hundreds, even thousands more farmers losing 10's and hundreds of millions of dollars. Bill Top had been filling me in on his difficulties with the government about two years previous when he had described PKI's system pointing out it was unsustainable. That is quite a story of government indifference.

Considering Bernie Madoff's Ponzi fraud exposed in December 2008 with Bernie already in jail awaiting sentencing, and myriad Ponzi schemes collapsing almost daily and these guy being held in jail almost immediately should be the impetus for farm families to be demanding answers. Less than six months to investigate and close down, through the courts, a Canadian fraud attempted in the U.K. and only weeks and sometimes only days to arrest Ponzi fraud artists in the U.S.: Answers should be demanded.

When I began investigating pyramid/Ponzi schemes authorities tried to deny, with the exception of a few, that they even exist. Now consider an excerpt in an email I received today from a concerned B.C. church minister we are trying to assist in getting two of these schemes out of the church. I sent him a copy of an email I sent to the A.G. of British Columbia: His reply??? ...... "I sent the letter to our M.P. Mr. Ron Cannon who did get back to us via phone. He stated to my wife that there are so many of these things going on, and always have but gave no indication that anything was going to be done." Attitude most times is everything, certainly in law enforcement and politics.

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I found this sentence very offensive...

The business collapsed last June leaving nearly 1,000 breeders in Canada and the United States saddled with a pile of worthless pigeons.
 

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I sure have a negitive opinion of those folks that tried to make a profit from selling the squeakers.
 

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I found this sentence very offensive...

The business collapsed last June leaving nearly 1,000 breeders in Canada and the United States saddled with a pile of worthless pigeons.
This is the sentence I had copied while reading to post in my reply, before I saw your post quoted here. What a terrible thing to say. The whole thing reeks. And who cleans up their mess? US.
 

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Yep. That's right.:mad:
 
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