Consider CBC TV’s Redemption Inc. This week, a Prince George, B.C., woman emerged victorious on the series which saw 10 former convicts compete for a hefty investment to help them get a business idea off the ground. Alia Pierini, who was convicted in 2006 of extortion and aggravated assault, walked off into the sunset (yes, literally) with $100,000 to inject into Relia-Gal, her landscaping and snow removal business.
“I loved her. I thought she was terrific,” said host Kevin O’Leary. “You tend to read the past in the harsh light of what the crime was, but it’s different when you meet the people. She’s paid her price.”
Pierini’s Redemption Inc. biography reads, in part: “A young teen mom, Alia started selling drugs as a teenager to make money. … She employed addicts to distribute her product. During this time, she had assaulted several individuals to assert her power – which contributed greatly to her success in the business. When she was caught, she was even classified as Maximum Security – despite her slight frame.”