Victims of local lottery winner Richard Zoet are saying part of his million dollar windfall should go to his victims and ICBC
Zoet was accused of stealing 35 vehicles in Bamfield, mostly from tourists, stealing passports and tens of thousands of dollars worth of valuables
Police installed a $5000 video surveillance system at the west coast trailhead, but Zoet ripped down the cameras and threw their memory cards into the ocean, except for a couple of cameras he didn’t spot, but recorded his actions clearly.
In January 2012, he was sentenced and served 13 months in jail, and put on probation for 3 years but was not ordered to repay the anglers, hikers, campers, or residents for the damages or thefts.
In an interview with CHEK News yesterday, the 59-year old Zoet says he paid for his crimes by going to jail, and doesn’t believe he should have to surrender any of his lottery winnings.
ICBC – after paying out more than $300,000 for damaged or stolen vehicles – is considering their options.