Man freed in fraud case (Conditional discharge granted)
The Calgary Herald: 15 Aug 1972
LETHBRIDGE — A Tampa, Fla., chef who came here voluntarily to face four-year-old charges of fraud won't have a criminal record, thanks to a conditional discharge granted by an Alberta Supreme Court judge.
Mr. Justice H.W. Riley granted the discharge Aug. 9 to Patrick Harold White, after he pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud.
The charges date back to the failure in 1968 of a business venture in Oyen, but Mr. White didn't hear about them until this June.
Thanks to Mr. Justice Riley's decision, Mr. White is a free man today without a criminal record.
The only condition of the discharge is that he pay back the creditors named as complainants in the six charges at the rate of $20 per month.
The 1968 business venture, an attempt to establish a hotel, ended in failure, and Mr. White went to the U.S. after having made arrangements to pay back his debts.
At the same time, he was supporting his invalid parents in Leamington, Ontario.
He learned of the charges this year when he sought help from Florida police in finding a lost wallet. He immediately returned to Canada and turned himself over to authorities at the Windsor-Detroit border.
Mr. White appeared in Calgary provincial court July 25, and was ordered detained until he could raise $50 bail on each charge and a charge of "joy riding", also four years old.
His lawyer, Gilbert Clark, told the presiding magistrate, provincial Judge W.J. Harvie, that bail amounted to an order of detention, because Mr. White couldn't raise funds for the deposit.
Mr. White says he was "terrified" of what might happen to him if he had to stay at the Spy Hill jail pending completion of the case.
But then the tide began to turn in his favor.
Calgary RCMP agreed to let Mr. White stay as a prisoner in their cells.
Says Mr. White, "They became the best friends a fellow could ever have under the circumstances."
"They arranged for me to have kosher meals — according to my religious beliefs — and they let me work around the station to keep busy. I washed cars, and floors."
"They also let me have use of a desk and a phone when I needed to call people in connection with my case."
Police checked the man's credentials from the World Christianship Ministries to the Gospel Outreach in Fresno, Calif., which they believed to be a mail-order diploma company, Smith said. Police subsequently discovered there were warrants for the man's arrest for a variety of offences in Virginia, New York, South Carolina and Mississippi, he said. But the warrants proved to be "non-returnable," Smith said, meaning there would be no attempt to seek his extradition. "We didn't have grounds to hold him because the (jurisdictions) could not afford to pay for his return," he said. After his release, Oak Bay police continued an investigation that culminated in a warrant being issued for an alleged indecent assault of an 18-year-old male co-worker, Smith said. Police are continuing their investigation, he added. Charged is Patrick Harold White, 45.
Man prepares his own defence
The Vancouver Sun: 14 June 1988
Youth admits charging priest for sex acts
The Vancouver Sun: 13 July 1988
White was charged after an 18-year-old learning disabled youth said he was sexually molested in June in a Victoria motel. But during cross-examination the teenager said it was agreed that he would be paid $20 for sex acts. "I think this is a dreadful situation and I think the investigation, both by police and possibly by the prosecuting office, leaves a good deal to be desired," Collins said before discharging White.
White, a Canadian citizen, often dresses as a priest and has a diploma stating he is an "ordained chaplain from a California mail-order church." Oak Bay police Sgt. Harold McNeill said files have been turned over to the U.S. justice department for White's extradition. He is wanted in South Carolina, Virginia, New York and Mississippi on charges ranging from sexual assault to car theft. He is also wanted in Ontario on theft and fraud charges.
Crown counsel Robert Jones said there had been no indication prior to the cross-examination that the teenager, whose name cannot be published because of a court-ordered ban, had consented to the act. "Perhaps, when in a witness box under oath and in front of a judge, the seriousness of the situation gets to a naive kid," said Jones, who said he and the police interviewed the teenager extensively.
The hunt is on
The Hamilton Spectator: 21 Apr 1993
No hiding in Allan
Betty Ann Adam, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix: 10 Aug 1993
A sleepy Prairie town may have seemed like a good place for a drifter on the lam, but RCMP officers with good instincts made Allan no place to hide.
Colonsay RCMP arrested Patrick Harold White Monday outside the Allan Hotel on warrants for sexual assault from Regina, Edmonton and two American states, said Cpl. Patrick Mills.
White, 50, also was wanted for theft over $1,000 from Kamloops and Eastern Canada. He was remanded to Regina where he will appear in court later this week.
When he arrived in the town 45 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon two or three weeks ago, he was friendly, outgoing and had a certificate showing he was minister from a church in California. He rented a house, reopened the closed hotel cafe and hired people to paint and replace the carpet, Mills said.
One woman from the town who asked that her name not be used said White kept the cafe clean and the food was good.
"He seemed like a nice guy. Very anxious to please. Too good to be true. At the time, most people said the same thing," she said
Police officers became suspicious when White hired several teenage boys to work in the cafe.
"That would cause a police officer to take interest," Mills said.
He said officers ran White's name through their computer and discovered the outstanding warrants.
Once they suspected White, police shifted into high gear. The telephone lines buzzed with calls and faxes between the various police departments as the suspect's description was passed along.
Once they were certain the cafe operator was the same person, three officers approached White outside the cafe, where he admitted there were warrants for him. He was arrested peacefully.
Police from Mississippi and Virginia "are interested in extraditing him," after the Canadian justice system has dealt with him, he said.
The Regina Leader-Post: 28 Oct 1993
A preliminary hearing that began Wednesday with a mother swearing at the accused ended with a 50-year-old Regina man committed to stand trial on four charges of allegedly sexually assaulting four teenage boys. Patrick Harold White consented to be committed to stand trial on three of the sexual assault charges, but not on a charge of sexual assault with a weapon. However, after a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Judge Joseph Flynn ordered White to stand trial on the allegation of using a gun to sexually assault a 13-year-old boy some time between December 1991 and March 1992. At the request of the accused, Flynn ordered the public and the media banned from the courtroom during the preliminary hearing. White had also successfully requested a ban on publication of any evidence presented during the preliminary hearing. Prior to the public being banned from the courtroom, proceedings were briefly interrupted when the mother of one of the alleged victims began swearing at White and moved towards him. The woman was removed from the court by a security officer. The accused has elected trial by Court of Queen's Bench judge and jury. No date has yet been set for the trial.
The Con Man
Toronto Life: November 1994
The last of these attempts occurred in August of 1993, after Mackin spotted a Toronto Star article describing the advent of a new local newspaper called The Outrider. Emulating a British paper called The Big Issue, the publisher of The Outrider sold each issue to homeless and needy vendors, who in turn sold it to the public for a profit. Mackin was astonished; the publisher was none other than his father, James Mackin, whom he hadn't spoken to for over nine months. When they had last seen one another, the elder Mackin was living in Hamilton, tending to three children conceived during a later marriage.
Mackin contacted his father, and they had an encouraging reunion. Six weeks later, he invested $5,000 in his father's paper, money his father would later use to furnish their Bloor Street West offices. Though Mackin was still wary of his father, he also felt guilty about their tumultuous relationship, and he hoped that a joint venture might bond father and son. It accomplished the opposite. "As soon as the business was up and running, he cut me out. I lost the 5,000 bucks. He just told me: 'It's not working out between the two of us, so why don'tcha leave?' He's a very abrupt, very offensive guy. He basically told me to fuck off and that was it." (James Mackin insists that the $5,000 was partly a loan and partly a repayment of money his son had borrowed from him seven years earlier. "At no time," he says, "did I ever agree to let David be a partner.")
For David Mackin, the split clawed at wounds accumulated during all thirty-one years of his life. "The only good thing," he says today, "is that I'll never again feel guilty for the feelings I have toward my father." There was one other consolation: the younger Mackin resolved to start his own newspaper, a direct competitor to The Outrider. In October of 1993, The Outreach Connection hit the streets, a publication that made no attempt to disguise its limited resources: it was all of eight pages long, it lacked the The Outrider's front-page colour screening and it appeared biweekly, a publishing schedule unpopular with advertisers. Worse, it showed little evidence of an editorial focus; given that Mackin depended on volunteer submissions, he published whatever arrived on his desk, articles ranging from discussions of the latest Maple Leaf trade to discourses on Russian politics to polemics on holistic medicine.
Mackin was determined to make The Outreach Connection succeed — to fail would be an admission that he'd been bettered by a man who was now referring to David Mackin in public as his "estranged son." Unfortunately, his thirst for revenge didn't change the fact that he had little capital, knew nothing about newspaper publishing, had never run a business and was still cutting lawns three days a week to pay the rent.
In late December, sometime between Christmas and New Year's, David Mackin took a call from a man named Patrick White. White was a businessman from out west, and he'd recently picked up a copy of The Outreach Connection. "You're doing great work," White told him, "and I think I could help your paper." After ten minutes, the conversation ended with Mackin excited by White's apparent financial resources. "I really thought he might be able to help the paper," Mackin says today. "I had to take a chance."
By his own admission, David Mackin is naive and congenitally trusting of others. It is the reason he wrote a $5,000 cheque to his father, and it is the reason he was so impressed by Patrick White when they met at the Best Western hotel on Kingston Road. Yet, in Mackin's defence, on that first visit he also took along his sister Heather, a woman ordinarily wary of others. She, too, was charmed by White's affable manner, by his habit of smiling while he spoke, by the Torah he displayed on his night table. Furthermore, he had a fatherly, trustworthy appearance that appealed to them both: he was about fifty years old, overweight, with sparse hair and glasses, the type of guy who could easily lose himself in a crowd. White told the pair that he had just moved to Toronto to be closer to Mount Sinai hospital, where he was being treated for a heart condition. He would be staying at the hotel until his sister and her husband sold the family farm in a town called Allan, Saskatchewan, at which time they would join White in Toronto, where they would all live in a home White's sister had purchased in Forest Hill.
As Mackin and White discussed the future of The Outreach Connection, White casually dropped other details of his life: he was a devout Jew, he was interested in vitamins (Heather noticed at least ten vials of pills on his bureau), and he seemed to have some knowledge of marketing and advertising. After a half hour, Mackin agreed to let White manage The Outreach Connection office in return for a fifty per cent commission on all ads he sold. Though it wasn't a condition of his hiring, White promised to invest $15,000 into the operation, money he would use to staff and outfit the office. "This paper," he told Mackin, "is going to make us all a lot of money."
Patrick White started at the paper on January 2, 1994. At the time, it was operating out of a twelve-by-twelve-foot anteroom in a battered Yonge Street office complex three blocks north of Eglinton. Within two weeks, White befriended the landlord of 2453 Yonge Street and began cleaning offices in the building. As payment, he was given reduced rent on two spaces: a three-room suite overlooking Yonge and a single room on the other side of the hall that White adopted as his office.
White's next project was staffing The Outreach Connection. After placing an ad in The Toronto Star, he hired a bookkeeper named Karen Leblanc, a young woman with a business diploma and sales experience. A week later, White hired an editor named Massimo Commanducci, a young man who'd worked at Canadian Press and had interned at Harper's magazine in New York. As a final hiring initiative, White retained several ad reps, all of whom worked on commission from their homes.
For David Mackin, White's arrival seemed like an offering from the heavens. His new office manager arrived each morning around five a.m., claiming to have worked "farm hours" all his life. He cheerfully laboured until late at night, exhibiting a dutifulness that was obviously helping the paper. Under his direction, The Outreach Connection became a weekly, colour appeared on the front page, and the circulation grew from 8,000 to 12,000 copies a week, mostly because David Mackin now had more time to solicit vendors in church basements and men's shelters and — if you listen to James Mackin — on street corners populated by Outrider vendors. And though Karen Leblanc's books showed that the paper was still losing money, it was attracting such paying advertisers as National Trust, Canada Trust, the Canadian Craft Gallery and an Italian restaurant on St. Clair West. As the newspaper swelled to twelve broadsheet pages per issue, Mackin grew to trust White totally and unconditionally. He stopped checking receipts and bank balances, a task he was never good at in the first place, and he gave White signed, blank cheques so he could take care of the newspaper's operating expenses.
Though the odd paycheque bounced, for the first ten weeks of White's tenure the paper ran as adroitly as any shoestring publishing venture could hope for. White seemed to perfume the office with a healthy optimism, his manner suggesting that, under his tutelage, the paper would make money, the paper would provide opportunities for the homeless, the paper would outdo The Outrider. For this reason, the staff didn't mind overlooking their new boss's eccentricities. White claimed he'd suffered a massive heart attack back in Saskatchewan, and he often lifted his shirt to show people the zipper scar left by his bypass surgery, a habit Commanducci and Leblanc found unprofessional. At the same time, he seemed to eat nothing but cheese-burgers and bad Chinese food, odd menu selections for a man on a low-fat diet.
As time passed, Commanducci noticed more of these contradictions. Though a gentle, easygoing man, White drove his rented Mazda with the intensity of a feral pit bull, accelerating to within three feet of every red light, and then screeching to a malodorous stop. Says Commanducci, who once drove with White to a deli on Bathurst Street, "Even though I asked him to slow down, he didn't. He wouldn't. After that, I started to notice that there was a cruel side to Patrick, a side he usually kept hidden."
Then there was the tricky matter of White's sexuality. Though White had told one of the vendors he was gay, he vociferously objected to an announcement placed by a gay community group in the paper, claiming that homosexuality was unnatural and that the item would enrage his rabbi. By this point, White was regularly attending the Kensington market synagogue and by all appearances was a devoutly religious man — he didn't drink, he didn't smoke and his office contained a Judaic prayer shawl called a tallith. And yet, Commanducci once overheard White phoning the Baha'i Church of Canada, the paper's most faithful advertiser. White started the call by asking, "Is Moses or Buddha or Jesus there?" — an icebreaker Commanducci found inappropriate and not nearly as funny as White's chuckle would suggest.
Nevertheless, Commanducci overlooked White's occasionally boorish behaviour, as he genuinely liked working for The Outreach Connection. He enjoyed listening to the vendors' life stories, and he enjoyed tightening the focus of the paper, soliciting only articles that dealt with issues affecting the poor. Commanducci watched as the editorial content of his paper began to rival that of The Outrider, and his delight seemed to reduce his natural, journalistic skepticism. "I never asked any questions," Commanducci laments, "and I guess that's why I feel stupider than anyone else. It was my job to ask questions."
The novelty of Commanducci's editorship wore off throughout the month of March when the newspaper slipped into a state of barely reined chaos. Karen Leblanc, the newspaper's bookkeeper, noticed a $3,000 discrepancy in the books. Contributing artists and writers showed up regularly, complaining that cheques given to them by White were bouncing. Teenage boys, most of them street kids, started hanging around the office; though their presence infuriated Mackin, White insisted they were helping him start a furniture store for the poor in Parkdale.
By this time, David Mackin had abandoned total financial control of his business, didn't have the savvy to get it back and began to grow paranoid that White was plotting to steal the ownership of the paper. This suspicion was heightened when White approached Mackin with an offer: for a fee, White's own company, an outfit called Success Holdings, would assume all administrative and financial control of The Outreach Connection. In return, White would become responsible for all of the newspaper's debts. Mackin refused. A few nights later, Mackin arrived at the office and found White moving the furniture with three young men. When Mackin asked what he was doing, White responded with a line that sparked a screaming match between the two men: "Just do what I say, David!"
On April 4, Easter Monday, White didn't show up for work. By noon, Commanducci began to worry, thinking that White had perhaps suffered a heart attack. His first move was to check with Toronto hospitals, his second to alert the police. As the day progressed, creditors started calling the office, all of whom had similar complaints: White had issued them a bad cheque postdated April 4. Commanducci tried to cash his own paycheque, and it registered NSF as well. Karen Leblanc, who didn't arrive that day until mid-afternoon, remembers Commanducci saying to her: "Perhaps Patrick isn't the person we think he is."
Around six o'clock, Mackin returned from an afternoon Blue Jay game. He and Commanducci then broke into White's office, only to find that White's personal affects, from his Torah to his tea mug, were gone. Commanducci ransacked White's desk and found a piece of paper where White had practiced Mackin's two-letter signature. In a box on White's desk, he found a half dozen blank cheques, all bearing David Mackin's forged signature. Commanducci called the police, who visited the apartment White had since rented on Roselawn Avenue. "All we found," says Detective Roman Bondar, a fraud squad officer assigned to the case, "were some condiments in the fridge, a YMCA staff shirt and several pairs of women's underwear."
According to the police, Patrick White was born in the tomato-growing region of Leamington, Ontario, and there is evidence that he resided in southwest Ontario during the seventies. In 1978 he served twenty months in a Chatham jail for indecent assault, and in 1982 he served twelve months in London for a pair of fraud convictions. For any other specifics, police can only look to outstanding arrest warrants issued across North America: January 1987, Waterloo Ontario, theft; May 1987, Chesterfield Virginia, sexual assault on a boy; October 1987, Fallsburg New York, larceny; January 1988, Jackson Mississippi, sodomy and sexual assault on a boy; December 1989, Marathon Ontario, theft; February 1990, Dartmouth Nova Scotia, theft and fraud; September 4, 1991, Richmond Virginia, sexual assault; September 15, 1991, Edmonton Alberta, sexual assault.
By the time Patrick White arrived in Regina in December of 1992, it had been over twenty months since he'd inspired a fraud charge, and he was probably running low on funds. He apparently remedied this by securing a job with a property management company, which hired him to collect rent for a number of apartment buildings. According to Regina police, he did this for the next three months, keeping a substantial portion for himself. Shortly after his departure on March 4, 1993, three twelve-year-old boys told school authorities that a man named Patrick White had hired them to shovel his driveway. As the winter wore on, White started inviting them inside, where he showed them pornographic videotapes. These viewing sessions led to fondling and, according to one of the boys, sexual assault involving a pair of handcuffs and a gun. Later, when police searched the house, they found a cache of pornography, along with a religious text White had borrowed from a local rabbi. It was entitled The Sexual Morality of Young People.
White drove across the country, surfacing days later in the Maritimes. Police in Moncton, New Brunswick, say he quickly placed newspaper and radio ads announcing that he was conscripting staff for the reopening of a defunct Moncton night spot called the Shipyard Club. He then started hiring, charging each of his new "employees" approximately $100 to pay for their uniforms and a Liquor Vending Licence. By the time he fled in mid-March, he'd commandeered this fee from thirty-five people, none of whom ended up working in the hospitality industry.
White next surfaced in Halifax, where he registered a company called I.D.E.A. Investments. With this operation, people came to him with business proposals; if White thought the idea was potentially successful — which he usually did — he promised to match them with "rich" investors he'd met in the Halifax Jewish community. (To publicize the company, he set up a 1-800 number and advertised in a string of American newspapers.) According to a secretary he hired named Connie Uhlman, at least twenty people were billed $300 to $500 for a consultation fee. "I never suspected he was a con artist," Uhlman says today, "though his manner was weird. He was always bragging about his religion, about how he was a great cook, about how he was going to buy a big house and a car."
On April 12, yet another Easter Monday, White crossed the country once again, this time to Kamloops, where he is now wanted for theft. On August 12, three days after he left British Columbia, the RCMP arrested him in a tiny prairie community called Colonsay, no more than ten miles from his supposed birthplace of Allan, Saskatchewan. He was charged with numerous offences stemming from his last visit to Regina, including sexual assault with a weapon, theft and fraud. Appearing before a judge on October 14, White plied all the tools of his trade — his affable smile, his unthreatening appearance, his ability to promise the moon as though he enjoyed sole ownership of the heavens and the stars. Despite his criminal record and the seriousness of his crimes, he was released into the care of the John Howard Society. He showed up for his preliminary hearing on October 27, but by the time his court date rolled around on February 14, Patrick White was already in Toronto, convincing David Mackin that he was the haloed saviour of The Outreach Connection.
As a result of the Patrick White debacle, Mackin claims to be wiser and more wary of strangers. "Basically what he did," alleges Mackin, a huge man with a ruddy, boyish face, "was collect all the money from paper sales and not deposit any into The Outreach Connection account." To make the books balance, White presented Karen Leblanc with his own handwritten receipts, instead of authentic bank deposit slips. Meanwhile, he paid for company expenses by writing postdated cheques, by using stolen credit card numbers and by negotiating credit. Mackin estimates that White stole about $20,000 in total, or two-and-a-half months worth of cash receipts.
Judging from the number of postdated cheques that came due on or around April 4, it seems that White was planning his departure from Toronto for some time. The printer was owed $3,300 for the last three issues. The landlord was owed $1,000. Kinko's Copies was owed almost $1,400. A vendor showed up asking for $300 that White was holding for him. Several sales reps phoned, complaining that they were owed commissions. Addmore Office Furniture, the company that outfitted The Outreach Connection headquarters, phoned to say that they'd never received a penny from Patrick White. By the time April 4 drew to a close, Mackin learned that two separate parties had invested $3,000 in the paper and that their repayment cheques — including a substantial amount of interest — had come due. In total, White wrote $15,000 worth of cheques on an account that, at the time of his departure, contained exactly eighty dollars.
The picture worsened when Commanducci examined bank records and returned cheques found in White's office. It seems that White did deposit cheques from advertisers into The Outreach Connection account, along with one of the $3,000 investment cheques. He then used forged Outreach Connection cheques to pay for personal expenses, such as his rent and the restaurant tab he kept at a diner located beneath the office. Commanducci found small cheques made out to one of the teenage boys who hung around the office, and he also found a $275 cheque to a woman who later turned out to be the landlady of one of the boys. He found cheques to people he'd never heard of — one of whom later phoned from India, demanding to speak with White — and he found fake cheques for legitimate expenses, cheques that White didn't have to forge.
Looking at the latter, Commanducci suddenly realized that money wasn't White's only motivation. He must have enjoyed every lie, every duplicitous gesture, every conniving manoeuvre. For the duration of his visit to Toronto, White must have enjoyed impersonating an exalted version of himself, a Patrick White who could never exist outside the perimeter of his own fantasy world. A rootless drifter, White often reminisced about his family's century-old homestead anchored in Saskatchewan's fertile belly. An unhealthy man, he extolled the virtues of vitamin therapy. A ruthless man, he insisted on buying when he took vendors to lunch at the Good Bite restaurant. An uncultured man, he claimed to have worked as a sous-chef in "finer restaurants" across Canada and the United States. A petty thief, he seemed genuinely proud whenever he handed people a business card reading Success Holdings. A moral degenerate, he attended synagogue most Friday nights, as would a man imbued with the wisdom of God.
Patrick White not only left The Outreach Connection with a mountain of debts, he helped forge an antagonism between David Mackin and his editor, Massimo Commanducci. Following the White catastrophe, Commanducci began to doubt Mackin's ability to run a newspaper. The bookkeeping system instituted by Karen Leblanc died, and the paper fell into a state of financial anarchy, with all revenue dumped into a drawer in Mackin's office. Ad sales dropped to zero, the paper moved back into a single-room suite and the front page reverted to black and white. It wasn't long before Commanducci was seized with a noxious realization: "The paper," he says today, "worked better when White was running it."
In early July, Commanducci and two others offered to manage the administrative end of the paper, leaving Mackin to do what he did best: deal with the disadvantaged men who make up The Outreach Connection sales force. Mackin refused the offer, and on July 11 Commanducci cleared out his office. Since that time, The Outreach Connection has lost much of its editorial focus; recent issues have been dominated by political rants, sports and lengthy essays on Arab-Israeli issues.
As for Patrick White, he left Toronto in a Mazda Protege rented with a credit card number stolen from an Outreach Connection salesperson named Gerard Kennedy. On April 10, he ditched the car in a parking lot in downtown Montreal; six weeks later he surfaced at a Montreal flea market, where he was selling decorative candles for fifteen dollars apiece. There he met a businessman named John Grace who, along with his wife, runs a small wholesaling company. They bought about forty of White's candles, and started talking with the relaxed, beaming vendor. Over the next two weeks, White convinced Grace to become his partner in a surefire venture: they would buy bulk peanuts, bag them into 100-gram packages and then sell the packages to charities, who would use them during fund-raising drives.
By June 20, the day they were to start bagging the peanuts, John Grace had invested $2,500 and was eager to see the operation gather steam. Midway through the day, White visited Grace, telling him he needed another $800 to pay for a peanut shipment from Toronto. Grace was unsure whether he had enough money in his chequing account, so he and White went to consult with Grace's wife, who happened to be celebrating a birthday. She went to the bank and withdrew the money, which she and her husband then gave to White. In return, White handed her a birthday card, suggesting she open it later.
At seven o'clock, when production was scheduled to begin, Grace visited the bagging facility White had selected. He was puzzled; his business partner was absent, along with any sign of the peanuts or the little plastic bags. Grace went home, overcome by a sudden and embarrassed worry, only to find his wife waiting for him. She, too, was confused. She had opened the envelope containing White's birthday wish and found a condolence card bearing the words In Deepest Sympathy. Turning to the inside, she found the following stanza: There's so little one can do / So little one can say / To bring you consolation / On the loss that's come your way. It was signed, "Yours truly, Patrick White."
BIA Warns Of Bogus Traveller's Cheques
The Kingsville ON Reporter: 9 September 1997
Area businesses are being asked to take extra precautions and time in accepting any Bank of Canada Traveller's Cheques.
In a letter distributed by the Kingsville Business Improvement Association (BIA), Co-ordinator JoAnn Cartlidge warns of an ongoing police investigation into a series of complaints regarding fake traveller's cheques. The Kingsville Police department is currently investigating reports of a male suspect who has been passing bogus bank issued traveller's cheques at various businesses in the area.
The cheques are colour photo-copies which look impressive, but have obvious flaws. On the cheques, under the heading "Bank of Canada", the word "Parliament" is spelled wrong. In addition, there is no area to write the date the cheque was cashed. To date three cheques have been turned in and they all have the same serial # TLL613J2B. Businesses should also take note that the edges of these cheques are not straight.
The suspect is described as a smooth talker who identifies himself as "Patrick White". He has no problems passing the cheques according to the victims involved. The three notes in police possession are for $100 each. In each of the incidents, the suspect buys about $30.00 in merchandise and receives the balance in cash. He is further described as approximately 50 to 60 years old, salt/pepper hair, medium build with a pot belly, clean but clothing appears out of date, wears glasses and has no facial hair.
If this gentleman tries to pass one of these bogus traveller's cheques, businesses are encouraged to stall him and call the police right away.
Time up for man seven years on the run: Fiftysix-year-old wanted continent-wide arrested in Ottawa
Jake Rupert, The Ottawa Citizen: 27 June 1999
After Regina, Mr. White will go to Toronto where he's wanted for fraud and theft from a charity newspaper for homeless people. From there, he'll face a variety of charges in New Brunswick, Alberta, Thunder Bay, Quebec and Nova Scotia, where he's wanted for a mix of sex, fraud and theft crimes. Next, he'll face extradition to the U.S. where he's wanted in connection with sexual assaults in New Jersey, New York and Washington state. And after that, he may face homicide charges in British Columbia if investigators there can get a court order to test his DNA.
Mr. White is being sent to Regina because police there were the first to file a Canadawide arrest warrant for him. Remarkably, he was arrested on Tuesday when he showed up at the Ottawa courthouse for a routine meeting with a probation officer. It's still unclear what charges Mr. White has been convicted of locally, or how he was able make it through the justice system without being detected as a suspect in several other crimes. However, he has been known to use false identification.
While being detained at the Elgin Street police station on Tuesday, Mr. White started complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath and was taken to the Ottawa Hospital's cardiac unit at the Civic site. He was discharged yesterday morning and made a brief appearance in court where he was ordered to jail until tomorrow morning, when he will make his next appearance. It's expected he will be kept in custody until officers from Regina police arrive to take him to Saskatchewan.
Arrangements were being made by Regina police yesterday after they received news that Mr. White had been arrested. Officers there were elated to hear that the man who allegedly inflicted so much pain on his teenage victims was going to be brought to justice. But none was more pleased than Const. Randy Laliberte. In 1992, Const. Laliberte, now a forensic identification officer, was working as a school resource officer when one of Mr. White's alleged victims started acting out of character. Const. Laliberte interviewed the child and learned that he'd been repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man. The boy led police to other victims — three of whom were also willing to go ahead with charges. A warrant for Mr. White's arrest was drawn up.
But Mr. White had been tipped off, and when officers showed up at his house to arrest him, neighbours told police he'd left 20 minutes earlier. At about the time Regina city police were knocking on Mr. White's door, an RCMP officer was pulling over a car on the highway leading out of town. The officer gave Mr. White a speeding ticket, but didn't run his licence plate through police computers. Had he done so, the officer would have discovered that the car was stolen and that Mr. White was wanted for much more than speeding.
"He slipped through our fingers," Const. Laliberte said yesterday. "To hear that he's been arrested is just music to my ears. I can't tell how good that news is. Seven years ago, I promised one of the victims that as long as I was a police officer, I wouldn't stop pursuing him until he was caught and convicted. For seven years, I've been trying to live up to that promise."
After leaving Regina, Mr. White is thought to have moved to B.C., then to Toronto, Thunder Bay, Quebec and Nova Scotia. He never stayed too long in one spot but did follow a distinct pattern. Police allege that Mr. White would set up a fraud scheme to pay his bills, and make friends with boys in his neighbourhood. When he picked his victims, usually boys from broken homes lacking a father figure, he'd get more and more friendly with them, eventually introducing them to pornography and booze. Once confident, the boys could be taken advantage of, police say. It is unclear how many charges Mr. White will end up facing, but several dozen is a conservative estimate.
He also faces charges of defrauding several businesses and charities, including a Quebec seniors' home and — in a case that grabbed headlines in Toronto — a charity newspaper devoted to homeless people. In 1994, Mr. White got a job as the business manager of a newspaper sold for $1 by the homeless on Toronto streets. On April 3 of that year, he rented a car using the credit card of a fellow employee at Outreach Connection and vanished along with about $20,000.
A year before that, Mr. White ran an investment counselling office in Halifax that solicited clients across the continent. He opened IDEA Investments in Halifax in March 1993, using a 1-800 number to solicit clients. He placed newspaper ads in Calgary, Edmonton, Maine, New York and other cities. He also bought a produce store. He disappeared amid a string of suspected frauds and a car theft. In April of that year, police issued a nationwide warrant for Mr. White's arrest on a charge of stealing his secretary's car, which was later found at a shopping centre in Granby, Que. Police later determined several investors and farmers who supplied produce to his store were owed several thousand dollars.
Mr. White is also wanted in Moncton, N.B., where police issued two arrest warrants on May 1, 1992, on three counts of obtaining goods by false pretenses and four of theft over $1,000. New Brunswick police also allege he stole furniture, wrote a worthless $1,400 cheque at the Bank of Montreal and collected $1,600 from the same bank with a worthless withdrawal slip. Police in Waterloo want him on a 1985 charge of theft under $1,000.
Ottawa-Carleton police Const. Sam Saloum made the arrest at the courthouse after receiving information that Mr. White would be there at a certain time on Tuesday. He said Mr. White identified himself before the arrest was made and co-operated fully. "I'm just glad we could get him off the street, he was wanted for some pretty serious stuff," he said.
Leanna Super Sleuth Takes Down Patrick White Con Artist
Cristi Wheaton: 19 August 2005
Longstanding fraud case before court
David Shipley, St. John NB Telegraph-Journal: 19 August 2005
He appeared in provincial court in Saint John on Thursday for a bail hearing. Mr. White acted as his own representative in court. The grey-haired Mr. White appeared in a black sport coat, white shirt and thick glasses and plead not guilty to the fraud charges. They arose from cheques issued from the Canadian Order of Truth and Justice and had in their remarks section "Travel allowance for Patrick White," Sgt. Daley testified. They were cashed at four small uptown businesses in return for goods and cash. Each was worth $100 and eventually returned to the businesses because of non-sufficient funds.
During the hearing Sgt. Daley told the court Mr. White had arrest warrants from jurisdictions such as Halifax, Sault St. Marie, Ont., Sherbrooke, Montreal and Toronto. The offences ranged from fraud to theft under $5,000. Mr. White told the court many of the warrants were resolved. At least one, from Halifax, for a 2002 fraud, remains outstanding, said a media relations officer with the Halifax Regional Police.
Sgt. Daley testified that when he first questioned Mr. White he told police he had only been in the city for four months. Police later learned Mr. White was in the community when the cheques were cashed five years ago. During the hearing, Mr. White cross-examined Sgt. Daley about the alleged offences, asking whether he knew whose account the cheques were from and who had signing authority. Mr. White also asked if his signature was written on the cheques. Sgt. Daley said he did not know whose account the cheques were from or who had signing authority. After reviewing his notes, Sgt. Daley said Mr. White's signature did not appear on the cheques. The only reference to Mr. White was in the remarks section, he said.
Mr. White then told the court he was the "senior ambassador" for the Canadian Order of Truth and Justice when the cheques were used. He also told the court if he was released he would remain in the city. The Crown objected to his release citing a flight risk concern. Judge Anne Jeffries denied Mr. White bail and remanded him into custody until his trial in September.
"For the record I don't think the court would accept a cheque (to post bail) from me anyway," said Mr. White after the ruling. He requested a day for the trial. "I have a lot of questions regarding the legal issues covering the cheques," he said.
A search for the Canada Order of Truth and Justice on the Internet search engine Google turns up few results. However, a story from 2003 from the Vancouver Courier references the organization. According to it a $500 cheque in the name of the group was given to local high school students in Dec. 2003. The students were selling Christmas trees and the cheque was given to them in exchange for $150 in cash and 10 trees. The students gave the man with the cheque the cash and he said he was going to return with a truck. He never did. The next day the school accountant contacted the Bank of Nova Scotia and discovered the account had been closed in 2000.
Crown withdraws fraud charges
St. John NB Telegraph-Journal: 2 September 2005
However Thursday, Prosecutor Chris Titus said police had been unable to locate the witnesses who had complained about the earlier alleged frauds so they could not go to trial. Mr. White, who refused to speak to duty counsel and said he would represent himself, told the judge he knew where all the people were. But when the judge asked if he objected to the withdrawal of the informations, Mr. White said no, so the judge set him free.
Cops: Sex suspect preyed on disabled
Tamara Cherry, Sun Media: 8 February 2008
White was also a self-proclaimed motivational speaker who handed out flyers at the Beaches International Jazz Festival advertising Bold Action Seminars (BAS), in which he charged $250 to $350 an hour. On The Daily Nightly Blog on MSNBC.com, White commented last April that "love and forgiveness has been the basis of my work for the past 40 years, it has never failed me yet. God be with you always." He used the BAS name for chocolate sales and "food bank" collection at his flea market booth No. 159, the source said.
The Scarborough resident was elected as a "community member" to North York's Drewry Secondary School council in November 2007, even though he had no known association to the special-needs school, such as a child who attended it, Toronto District School Board Superintendent Sue Pfeffer said. No criminal background check was done, as he had no contact with the students during the two evening meetings he attended, Pfeffer said. The Yonge St.-Finch Ave. area school prides itself on its partnerships with several special needs centres throughout the city. "I believe he tried to get into a few (schools)," Toronto Police Const. Anne-Marie Tupling said yesterday. In October, White was charged with the sexual assault of a teenage boy whom he had "befriended" and invited home, Tupling said.
He was charged again three weeks ago — this time with breaching his bail condition of not being around anyone under 18 — after police found him with a teenage boy during an "unrelated" police visit to the apartment he rented above a Kingston Rd. hair salon. Shortly after, allegations came forward that White had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old mentally disabled boy in Durham Region sometime during the last few years. As a result, he was arrested Jan. 23 and charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation. "He may be targeting young boys or members of the community with mental disabilities," a police press release said at the time, noting White often looked for volunteers for something called Special Events 2008.
Yesterday, police said White was charged again with sexual exploitation after officers located another alleged victim — a mentally-disabled man in his late 30s. He is scheduled to face that charge in court tomorrow morning. "He has a history of this kind of behaviour," Det.-Const. Norm Leung said without elaborating on previous charges. "He's well known to police, both here in this province, in Saskatchewan, in New Brunswick and in the United States," Tupling said. His criminal charges date back "about three decades." "I wasn't suspecting that at all," his Kingston Rd. landlord said of the charges, asking she not be named. "He's a really nice guy."
According to the source, White was known to lodge mentally disabled teenaged boys who had been displaced from their homes. Though he never suspected a sexual relationship, the source said White was open about his exploitation of those with disabilities. For example, during the jazz festival, White hired people in wheelchairs with BAS coin boxes around their necks to sit on the sidewalk and sell chocolates, the source said. "He puts the boxes around disabled people's necks, every corner on every street. People feel sorry and they buy the chocolate," the source said.
The former Beaches resident was also known to hang around Variety Village on Danforth Ave., east of Birchmount Rd., the source said. According to Lynda Elmy, spokesman for the special-needs recreation facility, White was not registered there "either as a donor, as a member or a volunteer." Only members are allowed in the facility, Elmy said. White was also associated with coffee shops around Toronto that employ disabled people, Tupling said. "He just sees these people as people of opportunity. He befriends them, gains their trust," Tupling said.
'Very sorry' sex offender spared jail
Brett Clarkson, Sun Media: 23 July 2008
White walked out of Old City Hall court yesterday despite his own guilty pleas to charges of sex assault and sexual exploitation involving three male victims. One of the victims was 15 at the time. Two were disabled men — one of whom was 36. Justice P. Reinhardt ignored the Crown's request for a sentence of 15 to 18 months and instead heeded defence counsel Lisa White's bid for a conditional sentence and a release from jail for health reasons. (Lawyer White is of no relation to her client.)
Citing White's ill health, Reinhardt gave him a 12-month conditional sentence and three years probation. The judge prohibited him from being around anybody under 18 or disabled without an adult present. He must submit a DNA sample to authorities and he will be listed on the sex offender registry.
White suffers from serious heart problems, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other problems. "I don't think he should be in a custodial institution," Reinhardt told court. "I don't think it serves anybody's interest. I don't want him to die in an institution."
The three incidents — which took place between 2001 and 2007 — netted White a total of 163 days in the Don Jail and the Metro West Detention Centre, where he was savagely beaten by an inmate after his Jan. 23 arrest. "I was rushed to the hospital, the guy who did it was a psychiatric (patient). I lost a tremendous amount of blood," White said yesterday.
The Toronto Police detective who has been investigating White since his arrest could only say afterwards that she was "disappointed" in Reinhardt's decision. Det.-Const. Ann-Marie Tupling declined further comment. Brendan Crawley, spokesman for the attorney general, said the Crown will "immediately" begin looking at the sentencing to see if an appeal should be filed. It has 30 days to file an appeal.
Court heard that in November 2001, White grabbed a 15-year-old boy's genitals and kissed him. In July 2007, White masturbated in front of a 36-year-old man who had the mental capacity of a 14-year-old and talked about oral sex. And in the fall of 2007, White touched the penis of a man with a mental capacity of a 17-year-old.
Standing in the front lobby of the Old City Hall court, still wearing his prison-issue blue, laceless shoes, White said he doesn't expect to be forgiven by society for his crimes. "I know God has forgiven me but I don't know if man ever will," White said, adding he appreciated the conditional sentence because he expects to be dead from his illnesses within two years.
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