Man sen­tenced for fraud re­lated of­fenses

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A Drumheller man is fac­ing 18 months pro­ba­tion af­ter serv­ing 60 days for a string of fraud-re­lated charges.

Zachary De­caire ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 17, via closed cir­cuit television. He pleaded guilty to a num­ber of fraud-re­lated charges.

The court heard how on March 14 of last year De­caire at­tended to his lo­cal Sco­tia­bank branch and made an empty en­ve­lope de­posit of $1,100.

The court also heard how on June 9 of last year he con­vinced an ac­quain­tance to de­posit some cheques, and to give him the $1,000 cash equiv­a­lent. It turns out they were not cheques. Sco­tia­bank re­im­bursed the vic­tim.

On Au­gust 5 and 6, he ob­tained the bank card of ac­quain­tances and used it un­law­fully to de­posit non-ne­go­tiable notes, tak­ing $1,738.75. The court also heard how on Septem­ber 18 of last year he con­tracted a taxi to drive him to Cal­gary and back. When he ar­rived back into the val­ley he made ex­cuses and never paid the driver.

On Novem­ber 7, De­caire ap­proached a man and asked to bor­row $140. The next day De­caire pro­duced a cheque for $480 and asked this per­son to de­posit it, keep the $140, and re­turn the re­main­ing. The cheque never cleared.

De­caire has fraud charges that date back to 2014, and most re­cently a charge dat­ing from Septem­ber 2016 of ut­ter­ing a coun­ter­feit bill.

De­caire has spent 60 days in cus­tody await­ing his day in court and was given credit for 90 days. The Crown and de­fense agreed in rec­om­mend­ing 18 months of pro­ba­tion, and to make resti­tu­tion to the vic­tims for a to­tal amount of $4,718.75.

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