No jail time for woman who de­frauded se­nior of $56,000

The Niagara Falls Review - - Front Page - ALI­SON LAN­G­LEY

A Ni­a­gara woman who gam­bled away more than $56,000 from the el­derly mother of her for­mer boyfriend has been banned from at­tend­ing any casino in On­tario for the next three years but won’t serve any time in jail.

Linda Blackmore, 50, ap­peared in an On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines on Fri­day and pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud un­der $5,000.

Judge Peter Wilkie agreed to a joint sub­mis­sion from the Crown and de­fence that the de­fen­dant be granted a con­di­tional dis­charge, which means there will be no con­vic­tion reg­is­tered against the woman.

If she fails to meet the con­di­tions of the dis­charge — which in­cludes a three-year pro­ba­tion­ary term with con­di­tions in­clud­ing that she stay out of On­tario casi­nos — then the dis­charge could be re­voked.

Be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2017 and Fe­bru­ary 2018, court was told, Blackmore made nu­mer­ous with­drawals from a bank ac­count be­long­ing to her boyfriend and his mother.

The de­fen­dant was a care­giver to the el­derly Fort Erie woman, who died ear­lier this year.

As­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Tim Hill told court the de­fen­dant has mental health is­sues as well as a gam­bling ad­dic­tion.

“She be­comes manic and she gam­bles and when she gam­bles she be­comes in­creas­ingly manic,” he told the judge.

De­fence coun­sel V.J. Singh said the woman has come to terms with her ad­dic­tion fol­low­ing her ar­rest.

“It (her ar­rest) has been very re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive in killing the de­sire,” he said.

“This is one of those cases in which very good peo­ple end up be­fore the courts for ad­dic­tive type of choices,” Singh added.

The judge also or­dered the de­fen­dant, who is un­em­ployed, to pay $300 a month for the next 36 months af­ter which a free-stand­ing resti­tu­tion or­der of $45,500 will be in place.

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