Convicted fraudster charged with similar offences again

Cory Hurley
Published on May 1, 2014
Robert William Maher made a brief appearance in provincial court Wednesday, April 13, 2011 after being arrested for fraud-related offences in Corner Brook.
Gary Kean

A convicted fraudster, who went public with concerns about the prison in Stephenville two years ago, was back in jail for another night Tuesday.

Robert Maher, 30, has been charged with four counts of false pretenses in relation to complaints from two Corner Brook businesses — Subway and Western Toyota. He was also charged with four breaches of a court order.

False pretenses is defined as an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation.

It is similar to previous convictions of Maher, which led to a 30-month jail sentence in April 2011. He was sentenced on 37 charges, including 17 fraud offences — many related to a fraudulent purchase-order con that Maher had been pulling in Corner Brook and the central area of the province.

Judge Catherine Allen-Westby told him at the time of sentencing that the 30 months in jail would be a good opportunity to avail of counselling for his drug addiction.

After his release from the West Coast Correctional Institution in February 2012, Maher went public with claims Justice officials are risking a riot at the Stephenville prison. He spoke of concerns with treatment of prisoners and conditions of the prison.

Now living in Kippens, Maher appeared in provincial court in Corner Brook Wednesday to answer to the latest charges. Crown attorney Brenda Duffy consented to his release pending a number of conditions.

He is scheduled back in court June 3.