Fraud sus­pect granted bail

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD dshurtz@leth­bridge­herald.com

A 28-year-old woman fac­ing nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal charges re­lat­ing to fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties has been re­leased from cus­tody.

Sa­man­tha Joy El­li­son was re­leased Mon­day on sev­eral con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the stip­u­la­tion that she pay $500 bail.

El­li­son is charged with fraud over $5,000, pos­ses­sion of the pro­ceeds of crime over $5,000, forgery, ut­ter­ing a forged doc­u­ment and mul­ti­ple counts of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty un­der $5,000, iden­tity fraud, pos­ses­sion of iden­tity in­for­ma­tion, pos­ses­sion of iden­tity doc­u­ments, pos­ses­sion of a stolen credit card and breach of a re­cog­ni­zance.

Po­lice say a woman used another woman’s iden­tity to ob­tain a loan and buy a $40,000 Jeep in Ed­mon­ton. The woman was ar­rested in Leth­bridge Jan. 4 af­ter a pa­trol of­fi­cer no­ticed a stolen li­cence plate on a Jeep in the park­ing lot of a ho­tel in the 1000 block of Mayor Ma­grath Drive. Po­lice searched a ho­tel room and re­cov­ered iden­tity doc­u­ments be­long­ing to four peo­ple, as well as stolen credit and debit cards.

The ac­cused had hoped to make bail Jan. 10, but nei­ther the Crown nor duty coun­sel had enough in­for­ma­tion about the al­leged of­fences to pro­ceed. Al­though El­li­son had been rep­re­sented by duty coun­sel dur­ing her ini­tial court hear­ings, lawyer Ali Aziz of the Michael Di­et­rich Law Of­fice was later placed on the record.

The Crown didn’t op­pose El­li­son’s re­lease dur­ing Mon­day’s bail hear­ing, in which an agent ap­peared for Aziz. Her next court hear­ing is sched­uled for Feb. 16.

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