A former Belleville businessman, who pleaded “no contest” to 10 charges earlier this year, has now been sentenced in a Detroit, Michigan court.
Jim Sinclair, the former owner of the Bakelite property in Belleville, originally faced 23 charges, including one charge of running a “chop shop” involving the selling of parts of stolen cars.
When he appeared in Detroit court earlier this year he pleaded “no contest” to 10 counts of receiving and concealing stolen property.
In Wayne County Circuit court Monday, Judge Thomas Cameron handed Sinclair a sentence of one-year probation, and Sinclair paid a $20,000 “restitution.”
Hastings County has been awaiting completion of the Detroit case before taking action on nearly $700,000 worth of provincial offences fines owed here by Sinclair.
Hastings County intends to re-double its efforts to collect the near-million dollars in outstanding fines.
Hastings County CAO Jim Pine says there will be a renewed effort to collect the money Sinclair has owed in provincial fines here for the past 8 years.
Pine says there’s a list of outstanding POA fines.
In 2008, Sinclair, the owner of the Bakelite property in Belleville’s east end at the time, was sentenced to 10 months in jail on 15 environmental charges related to excavations on the contaminated site and releasing toxins into the Bay of Quinte.
He served about four month in jail.
Wayne County authorities say there is no restriction on Sinclair leaving the United States during his probation.