Couple pleads guilty to fraud
Surprisingly enough, last week, Raymond Baird and his girlfriend, Kimberly Gagnon, pleaded guilty to a $96,653 fraud involving an elderly couple. Over a period of one year, from April 2010 to April of 2011, Baird, 36, and Gagnon, 34, ‘sucked’ a huge amount of money from the seniors who they had initially met on the parking grounds of a shopping center in Sherbrooke. The two crooks had used their children to draw sympathy to their cause. Pretending, as an example, that the kids had not eaten for several days, because they( the parents) were broke. Baird and Gagnon first asked for small amounts of money, but their needs grew as time went by. They always came up with good enough reasons to stir the couple’s, in their seventies, emotions, that is, until Baird wrote them a cheque that bounced back. That sounded the alarm and, $96,000 later, the victims went to the Sherbrooke police.
This was not Baird and Gagnon’s first crime. On May 16th, they were scheduled to be in court for their sentence in another case for a similar fraud they had been charged with one year ago. Just like they did last week, they pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. Baird’s lawyer, Mia Manocchio, and Gagnon’s, Gabrielle Lemay, set the sentencing date to May 11th, for both cases, but chances are that Manocchio will ask the court for a pre-sentencing report for Baird. This means that the sentencing will be pushed back to a later date. As for Gagnon, she cried with relief to be temporarily set free so that she could take care of her five children. Judge Conrad Chapdelaine agreed to the request. In the meanwhile, it seems that the elderly couple will not get one penny back of that little fortune that they gave away so innocently.