Man sentenced for fraud related offenses
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.