IN BRIEF: Baljit Klair of Delta and RBC Bank / Trucker Baldev Singh of Ontario a no-show in court



BALJIT KLAIR of Delta wants RBC Bank to credit him for more than $8,000 after his locked truck was broken into last July and thieves stole his credit and debit cards from his wallet in the console. He did not know that his cards were gone until the bank called the next day, reports Global BC. He said more than $16,000 in fraudulent charges and withdrawals disappeared from his account. He reported it to Delta Police and finally four charges of fraud and unauthorized use of a credit card were laid against Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal, 45, who has a long criminal history, Global BC reported. TD Bank, Vancity and RCB Visa have compensated him. Why RBC Bank is refusing to credit Klair is baffling his family.


BALDEV SINGH, 44, the Toronto-area trucker who was convicted last September of attempting to smuggle 69 kg of cocaine into Canada from the U.S. in his truck in March 2009, failed to turn up in a Windsor, Ontario court for his sentencing. He hadn’t showed up in court in December also for a sentencing hearing, the Windsor Star reported.  The federal Crown wants him to be sentenced in absentia to 12 to 15 years in prison, but the Superior Court judge doesn’t think that’s the way to handle this case. Singh was free on $210,000 bail. Sarbjit Kaur Cheema of Brampton, who had deposited $5,000 with the court, and Pritam Hansra of Brampton, who had promised $140,000 to take responsibility for Singh, are now going to lose their money.