Medical issues delay sentencing of Canada Post fraudster ‘Stamp Guy’

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A phrase for the “Stamp Guy” won’t be spoken for a while.

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Not until, the judge said, did convicted mail fraudster Allan Fischer, 59, have the opportunity to hire a lawyer and piece together medical records that he says show he is facing a potentially terminal diagnosis.

Sentencing submissions in the Fischer case were due to be heard on Wednesday after the London man was found guilty in June of staging an elaborate Canada Post scam that defrauded the Postal Service of nearly $235,000 in stamps and postal products between 2013 and 2016.

By creating numerous fake business accounts with fake emails, phone numbers, and bulk mail addresses, Fischer was able to order up to $7,500 worth of stamps and products with no credit check, then sell the products with a 30% discount to other companies. and never pay Canada Post accounts.

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He ran the scam so often that Canada Post trade analysts investigating the matter began calling him “Stamp Guy.”

Fischer’s Wednesday request is the latest delay in a case that has dragged through criminal courts for 63 months and where two lawyers who represented him were allowed to be removed from the case.

Fischer ended up representing himself without a lawyer at the Superior Court trial, held by teleconference, earlier this year before being found guilty by Judge Spencer Nicholson of fraud and possession of property obtained by crime worth more than of $5,000.

On Wednesday, he told Nicholson that his treatment and medication for Crohn’s disease had been increased and he was not tolerating it well. In addition to weekly blood tests, he has another medical appointment in September and a consultation on November 18 where “we will find out if it feels good. If I don’t do anything right, I have no more options.

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“I applied for and basically was accepted for medical assistance in death,” he said, adding “if not, I have no intention of rotting to death.”

He added that he was taking heavy painkillers and “I don’t think I’m in a position today to talk much about anything. However, I also realize that November 18 is far and probably outside the comfort zone of the pitch.

Fischer said he was trying to get legal help for the sentencing phase of the case and had been in contact with a lawyer willing to take on the case at this late stage.

“Not many lawyers want to do this because, let’s face it, the heavy lifting is done,” he said. “But this lawyer said he would.”

Nicholson said he would want medical documents before considering a sentence. “I don’t want to delve into your personal medical situation, but it’s something that should be factored into any decision I make,” he told Fisher.

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Assistant Crown Attorney Adam Campbell, who is seeking a four to six year prison sentence for Fischer, agreed.

“Trust, but verify,” Campbell said. “Regarding the medical conditions, without wishing to interfere in Mr. Fischer’s personal life, but if it is necessary to delay the procedure on the basis of medical evidence, I would expect this to be verified .”

Fischer said he had no problem collecting medical information for the court, but noted that his health issues are “addressed in the pre-sentence report, probably not to the degree that you would like to see.”

Nicholson said he was willing to read medical records to “ensure there is a basis for thought to be made.”

The case was adjourned to September 27 for an update to give Fischer time to retain an attorney and gather his medical records.

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