|Dimitrios Pilarinos has escaped jail sentence. His gamble to win a casino licence by offering benefit to Glen Clark, former B.C. premier, has resulted in a sentence of house arrest.|
Despite the Crown’s request for a “substantial period of incarceration” Pilarinos was sentenced last Friday to two years less a day of house arrest. He must also serve 240 hours of community service.
Having abused his friendship with neighbour Clark, the highest elected official in the province of Vancouver, it was expected that Pilarinos would have been locked up for a long time. However the B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett showed some mercy, believing that his life has already been damaged enough.
Once a successful businessman with home and family Pilarinos lost it all when he was convicted last summer of fraud, offering benefit and influence peddling. Now unemployed and living in the spare room of relatives he is not considered by the judge to be a public threat.
Both Pilarinos and Clark were charged over two years ago in the autumn of 2000. By that time Clark had already resigned as premier after police searched his house in March 1999. It was alleged that Clark received free renovations to his home and cottage in return for helping approve Pilarinos’ casino licence application.
Former premier Clark was acquitted on all counts.