Scandal-struck Canadian Premier League eyes new stadium

Peter Della Penna writes for CricInfo:-
Organisers for a proposed professional T20 league in Canada announced this week that they are seeking a location in the greater Toronto area for a planned $700m, 35000-strong stadium. Roy Singh, the businessman spearheading the project, it is now learnt, was sentenced to prison for four and a half years in 2007 for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud case. According to court documents seen by ESPNcricnfo, Singh, the chairman and chief executive of Canadian Premier League T20 LP, pleaded guilty in 2006 to a charge of “fraud over $5,000.” He was convicted of swindling the now defunct i-Trade Finance Inc., of $8 million ($US 5.25 million) between 2001 and 2003. Roy Singh is an alias for Rohit Ablacksingh, the name listed in court documents. He was released on parole in the summer of 2008, according to news reports in the Toronto Sun, despite objections to the parole board from i-Trade’s former president Parker Gallant over Singh’s failure to compensate those affected.
“Mr. Singh has been open and frank about his past legal troubles with me,” said Bob Mitchell, president of Canadian Premier League. “What happened occurred more than a decade ago. It has absolutely nothing to do with today. I believe in giving people second chances. Mr. Singh wants the chance to do something great for Canada and cricket. He realises there will always be people who will bring up his past but all he can do is move forward.”
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