Leslie Berezowsky woke up just before 7 a.m. last Wednesday to the sound of approaching sirens only to discover her neighbour, 43-year old Vimal Iyer, had been shot.
At that point, Berezowsky had no idea about his criminal history.
A jury in August 2016 found Iyer guilty on 33 counts of fraud, following the longest jury trial in Alberta’s history.
It took the jury almost a year to hear from dozens of victims who collectively lost millions of dollars in a prolonged, large-scale land deal scam.
On Dec.2 2016, Iyer was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay back $2.4 million to his victims.
Iyer was released from jail 19 days later after filing an appeal on his conviction. The Court of Appeal allowed him to move back to his $700,000 custom-built two-storey home on a quiet, exclusive cul-de-sac in Riverbend.
Court of Appeal Justice Sheila Greckol also put the restitution order on hold, pending Iyer’s appeal. Even though Iyer’s been out on bail for almost two years, no date for his appeal has been set.
None of the victims was aware Iyer was out of prison.