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Former Oilers owner Pocklington sentenced to prison

Sep 20, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington — a.k.a. the man who traded Wayne Gretzky — is going to prison for violating terms of his probation.

From CTV News:

On Friday morning, CTV News learned that Peter Pocklington, 71, had been sentenced to six months in jail, followed by six months of house arrest and two more years of probation.

On Monday in a Riverside, California Pocklington was found guilty of submitting an inaccurate monthly income report to his probation officer.

According to court documents obtained by CTV News, in 2011 and 2012, Pocklington was ordered to disclose his monthly income to a probation officer – but he didn’t share details about all the money he was making.

Investigators found Pocklington had millions of dollar worth in unreported income over both of those years – money that was kept in the bank accounts of resource companies he was involved with.

Why did it matter that Pocklington wasn’t accurately reporting his monthly income? Take it away, Canadian Press:

The case dates back to 2008, when Pocklington filed a bankruptcy claim stating he was virtually penniless, with less than $3,000 in the bank and liabilities approaching $20-million (U.S.). The following year, the FBI raided his home in Palm Desert, near Palm Springs, and put him under arrest.

He later admitted in court that he had declared bankruptcy without disclosing that he had control over bank accounts and storage facilities containing assets and property of his wife.

In 2010, Pocklington pleaded guilty to perjury for lying during previous bankruptcy proceedings. In exchange, charges of bankruptcy fraud were dropped.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    For those keeping track, I think that makes 3 former owners of Wayne Gretzky’s services to have been sent to jail/prison. Nelson Skalbania, Bruce McNall and now Peter Pock. Anyone else?

    • oquintero99 - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Then you also have his wife and Ric Tocchet for the gambling ring.

  2. esracerx46 - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    “He had control over bank accounts and storage facilities containing assets AND PROPERTY OF HIS WIFE” I had no idea that mail order bride stuff was real.

  3. vancityjames - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Lots of rich guys are crooks, the smart ones don’t get caught.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    That’s why you move to a non-extradition country

  5. sportsfan69 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Put the scumbag in jail and throw away key.

  6. blomfeld - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    A ‘true’ patriot or comrade would never act this way and God knows that … only the other day some homeless guy in Boston returned a backpack or something which contained at least $42,000 to its rightful owner (in the name of decency, God bless that man) …. the bottom line is that God sees ‘everything’ and therefore no ‘two-bit’ huckster like Pocklington is going to get away Scot-free ever ! … friends, there’s a ‘reason’ why we have things like walls and machines guns … I say line up Pocklington ‘right now’ together with his entire legal defense team replete with their ‘flowing’ robes, force them to hold hands like they’re in one big daisy chain … and then let the mo-effers have it !

    executive conclusion: Gretzky was a talented yet ‘naive’ dope, not unlike Elvis Presley

    • mustbechris - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      You’re an actual insane person.

      • blomfeld - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        and you friend are ‘gullible’ plankton … no two ways about it

    • badintent - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      second the motion, the motion is passed.pock country carpet bagger

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