Com­mu­nity de­ten­tion for truck driver

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A Whitby truck driver who re­ceived more than $40,000 of over­pay­ments from Work and In­come was sen­tenced to com­mu­nity de­ten­tion last Tues­day.

Peter Ian Brookes, 46, pleaded guilty to three counts of wil­ful omis­sion and fal­si­fy­ing a doc­u­ment.

The of­fend­ing took place be­tween May 3, 2010, and May 2, 2013. Dur­ing that time, Brookes worked for three em­ploy­ers, but he told Work and In­come only once that he was work­ing a ca­sual job. He was over­paid $40,382.46. De­fence lawyer So­nia This­toll said Brookes was the sole in­come earner for his part­ner and one child.

‘‘ He has huge fi­nan­cial pres­sures, which is what lead to this of­fend­ing,’’ she said.

She said Brookes was pay­ing off a mort­gage on his Whitby home and los­ing his job would put that in jeop­ardy.

‘‘The ef­forts he has made to get on top of his mat­ters and avoid bankruptcy would be in vain.’’

Ms This­toll said Work and In­come could have data-matched Brookes and found out that he was work­ing.

Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion lawyer Anitesh Govind replied that the obli­ga­tion was on the of­fender to tell the min­istry whether he was work­ing.

Judge Tony Walsh said be­cause Brooke was work­ing as a driver, com­mu­nity de­ten­tion made sense.

‘‘You could go to prison for this type of of­fend­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘I con­sider more is to be gained by keep­ing you in the com­mu­nity.’’

He con­victed Brookes and sen­tenced him to six months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and 350 hours’ com­mu­nity work.

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