Bizarre coincidence puts reputation at risk

Tyler Clarke
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His name dragged through the mud, one of at least two men in Prince Albert named Marvin Sanderson wants the public to know who’s who.


On Monday morning, a local radio station linked his name to charges of theft over $5,000 -- a charge the Prince Albert Provincial Court Office later confirmed to the Daily Herald.   

“My jaw dropped,” the Sanderson contacted for this story said. “I’m not saying this is destroying my reputation, but I want to clarify to people that it is not me.”

This isn’t the first time his name has proven detrimental, Sanderson added, noting that he had to wait until he was married before he was able to get a bank loan.

“I’ve certainly had phone calls from collection agencies, et cetera, and that’s why I had to change my name to my wife’s name in the phone book,” he said -- circumstance not necessarily linked to the other Marvin Sanderson cited in this story.

Anticipating his name’s plummeting stock, Sanderson said that he let his family and friends know early on that there was another man who shared his name.

In order to counter a mix-up with the other Marvin Sanderson, he’s also requested that media use his middle initial, “C.”

But, after hearing Monday’s radio spot, Sanderson learned that the accused not only shares this initial, but at 42 years of age is only one year his junior.

Also, both men who share the name of Marvin Sanderson have also worked with KidsSport, the organization from which the theft charges are alleged to stem. 

I’m not saying this is destroying my reputation, but I want to clarify to people that it is not me Marvin Sanderson

Distracted by this amazing coincidence and feeling an unusual shame for something he had nothing to do with, Sanderson found himself compelled to break from his Monday routine to clear his name with local media.

“I’m not saying this is destroying my reputation, but I want to clarify to people that it is not me,” he said, adding that he wants people to know that he’s the “real guy who loves kids and sports and will do anything for the kids.”

Originally from the James Smith Kinistino area, Sanderson currently works as Muskoday First Nation’s community services director, overseeing sports and recreational programming.

He also served as co-ordinator for the 2013 First Nation Summer Games, is known for coaching softball, his work with the CC Track Club and for helping organize the 1993 North American Indigenous Games. 

Recognizing that it’ll take some effort to clear what should have been a positive reputation in the community, Sanderson said that he’s confident that the air will clear up.

“It won’t ruin my reputation, it’ll just take a few times of people saying ‘no, it’s not him. We know him -- it’s the other one.’”

The Marvin C. Sanderson currently facing a charge of theft over $5,000 will next appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. 

Organizations: Prince Albert Provincial Court Office, Daily Herald, CC Track Club North American Prince Albert

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