3 Years Prison For Backpack Full of Cash in Winnipeg

Erwin Speckert was sentenced to three years of prison after a money laundering conviction derived from his arrest while boarding a Greyhound bus with $1.3 million Canadian Dollars in his backpack. Speckert plead guilty back in October and the sentence was arranged this week through agreement between the prosecution and defense lawyers. Speckert had requested his security screening be done in private due to the sensitivity and value of his backpack's contents and after he was assured by the private security officer who screened him that taking that much cash on him was kosher, the private security officer phoned police who assert Speckert consented to a second search conducted by them. Police further assert that Speckert was determined by their investigation to be working as a courier for "illegal gaming" operators. Speckert throughout his time consenting to security searches at the bus station asserted he intended to purchase real estate and was conveying cash in this manner as he reasonably did not trust banks.

4 thoughts on “3 Years Prison For Backpack Full of Cash in Winnipeg

  1. Come on man, you can't just ignore something like this:

    > During an ensuing investigation, police seized Speckert's cellphone and uncovered text messages revealing Speckert was to be paid $26,000 for couriering the illegal gaming profits to Vancouver.

    Now that search may or may not have been legal, and the assertions in that text message may or may not have been true, but those are the sorts of things decided in a trial, which Mr. Speckert was offered and declined by pleading guilty.

    GBANGA!

    (ps, "Speckert told police he was CEO of a financial wealth management company" and yet rides Greyhound buses? Wtf?)

    • Point being, in case it wasn't obvious, that this guy wasn't put in prison for the backpack full of cash. He was put in prison for the illegal gaming whose money he was couriering (remember, money laundering is not a predicate crime). He plead guilty. And there's enough other stuff here (the text messages, the wtf-batshit-crazy story about a Swiss CEO riding the homeless-people-express) that this is highly unlikely to be a case of him pleading guilty to a crime that wasn't committed.

      Poopyfail on Qntra for the incorrect headline.

      And: GBANGA.

    • A) I'm curious how exactly will a SMS reveal any such thing and
      B) Ima send you some SMSs unveiling how Obama's daughters sucked your cock with their anus last Saturday. Kay ?

      • Here, I'll write it again for you, dear:

        the assertions in that text message may or may not have been true, but those are the sorts of things decided in a trial, which Mr. Speckert was offered and declined by pleading guilty.

        (and this too: GBANGA!)

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