Bootlegger fined $14,000

A Yukon court fined Marius Moustakas $14,000 last week for selling alcohol out of his Porter Creek home. The evidence against him is thin, said Moustakas, but he could not afford a lengthy court battle.

A Yukon court fined Marius Moustakas $14,000 last week for selling alcohol out of his Porter Creek home.

The evidence against him is thin, said Moustakas, but he could not afford a lengthy court battle.

“I didn’t want to create any more trouble on that, that’s why I did plead guilty on it.”

He pleaded guilty to the charge in November.

Between Dec. 14, 2011 and March 14, 2012, Whitehorse Liquor Store employees gathered receipts from 50 purchases made by Moustakas totaling over $6,000, according to court documents.

Moustakas’ property at 1312 Centennial St. has also been at the centre of a recent investigation under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.

SCAN officials conducted surveillance on Moustakas’ property and noted 70 suspicious visits to the house over an 86-hour period.

Visitors came at all hours of the day and stayed only a few minutes. Many appeared to be school-aged.

Two undercover officers approached Moustakas in his home and were offered alcohol and morphine for purchase, according to an affidavit.

Neighbours complained of transient people coming and going from the property constantly, some living in dilapidated trailers in the yard, and urinating and defecating on the property.

Moustakas was evicted from the property for 90 days beginning in July as a result of the investigation. It was the first time SCAN was used to evict a homeowner.

He has now returned to his home, but the property is still undergoing repairs from a chimney fire, which occurred in June.

With the ongoing costs of repairs, it will difficult to raise money for the $14,000 fine, said Moustakas.

The judge gave him six months to pay.

“In six months nobody can pay $14,000, unless they have a really good job or something,” said Moustakas.

Moustakas thinks he can save about $500 a month to put towards the fine, he said. He will return to court in the spring to show that he has made an effort to pay and ask for an extension.

Moustakas, 71, rents out a duplex in Porter Creek and a mobile home in Kopper King, he said. He also earns a pension.

“I’ll have to squeeze left and right money, that’s all. Be more careful with the money.”

Contact Jacqueline Ronson at jronson@yukon-news.com