09/18/2015 11:02 EDT | Updated 09/18/2016 05:12 EDT

Alberta Appeal Court Dismisses RV Dealer's Request For New Trial

Many customers were left without their life savings.

EDMONTON — Alberta's Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of an Edmonton-area RV dealer who was found guilty of 31 counts of fraud.

Last year, Arnold Donszelmann of Millet was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay the people he bilked $2.3 million in restitution.

In a ruling released Wednesday the appeal court dismissed his request for a new trial.

Customers were told they were part of a program in which they would buy an RV which Donszelmann would then lease out for them.

Many of them were left without their life savings or on the hook for big loans.

The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council, which investigated complaints against Donszelmann, says his appeal of his sentence is still pending.



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