Fraud­ster pleads guilty to more charges

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A man who has a pre­vi­ous record of fraud was sen­tenced to six months in cus­tody.

Zach De­caire ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller on Au­gust 25, and pleaded guilty to a long string of charges.

The court heard that in Septem­ber of 2016 in Strath­more, he asked a friend to cash two cheques that were dis­hon­oured, tak­ing about $1,290. He pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud. In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, he stole an­other $200 from the same vic­tim.

The court also heard that in June of 2017, he at­tended to the Cana­dian Tire store in Brooks and stole a cir­cu­lar saw. He re­turned it with­out the re­ceipt and re­ceived a $261 gift card. He also took a home en­ter­tain­ment speaker box val­ued at $199.

On July 21, he was charged with two counts of ob­struct­ing a peace of­fi­cer and op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while not au­tho­rized. When the Drumheller RCMP were in­ves­ti­gat­ing, he gave them a false name, how­ever, the of­fi­cer rec­og­nized him. When the po­lice at­tempted to ap­pre­hend De­caire, he threw a soda can at one of the of­fi­cers.

Po­lice also lo­cated an impact gun and a drill kit and he was charged with pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

He also pleaded guilty to fail­ing to at­tend court and a breach by fail­ing to pay resti­tu­tion.

Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Ron Ped­er­sen said that De­caire has a his­tory of tak­ing ad­van­tage of friends and good-hearted strangers. In Fe­bru­ary of this year, he was sen­tenced to 18 months pro­ba­tion for a string of fraud charges.

On Au­gust 25, he was sen­tenced to six months in cus­tody. He was given 54 days credit for pre-trial cus­tody, leav­ing 126 days to serve.

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