Former Oilers owner Pocklington get six months jail
Peter Pocklington, the former owner of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, arrives at the United States District Court for sentencing in Riverside, California October 27, 2010. (REUTERS/Phil McCarten)
Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has been sentenced to six months in a U.S. jail for a breach in his probation in California.
He was in a Riverside, Calif., courtroom Friday for breaching his probation on a previous bankruptcy-fraud conviction in October 2010.
Part of that order was that he make monthly financial reports to his probation officer.
During one particular month, U.S. Justice spokesperson Thomas Mrozek said, Pocklington received a cheque for $15,000 as a fee for some consulting services he provided to several companies promoting gold mines in Arizona. But he failed to properly account for those funds with the probation officer.
In March 2009, Pocklington was arrested for bankruptcy fraud at his home near Palm Springs, Calif. He later pleaded guilty to one count of perjury in a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid a possible 10-year prison term and only get home detention.
On top of the six months in jail, he’ll be facing another six months of house arrest.
The jail sentence starts Dec. 9.
Pocklington is perhaps best known for trading Oiler Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. He has had a string of financial problems since losing his team in 1998.