Cape Bre­ton woman to be sen­tenced in fraud case

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE -

A Cape Bre­ton woman is to be sen­tenced later this month af­ter plead­ing guilty to de­fraud­ing her mother and her for­mer land­lord of thou­sands of dol­lars.

Juanita Ann MacNeil, 58, whose court file lists ad­dresses in Syd­ney and New Water­ford, will be sen­tenced on charges of as­sault with a weapon (a knife), false pre­tence (pos­ing as an­other in­di­vid­ual to ob­tain credit), theft and fraud. Sev­eral other of­fences were dis­missed.

Dur­ing a pro­vin­cial court hear­ing Wed­nes­day, pros­e­cu­tor Christa MacK­in­non said the as­sault with a weapon charge re­lated to an in­ci­dent on Ferry Street in Syd­ney on Dec. 5, 2011. MacNeil was charged af­ter po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint of a woman threat­en­ing an­other in­di­vid­ual with a butcher knife.

MacK­in­non said MacNeil was also charged af­ter her for­mer land­lord re­ported to po­lice that she had writ­ten cheques to her­self on his ac­count to­talling $1,550. The of­fence oc­curred in Syd­ney.

The theft charge re­lates to an in­ci­dent be­tween April and May of this year dur­ing which MacNeil stole more than $10,000 from her mother’s bank ac­count hav­ing stolen her mother’s bank card.

In read­ing his vic­tim im­pact state­ment to the court Wed­nes­day, for­mer land­lord Anil Rai choked back tears in re­call­ing how MacNeil sold nu­mer­ous per­sonal items of his while writ­ing cheques to her­self on his ac­count.

He said he met MacNeil af­ter post­ing a so­cial me­dia ad­ver­tise­ment look­ing for some­one to rent his Syd­ney home. Rai also has a res­i­dence in Hal­i­fax.

At the time, Rai had suf­fered two heart at­tacks.

He said MacNeil told him she would place his per­sonal be­long­ings in the base­ment of the home but in­stead sold var­i­ous items. Among the miss­ing items were a washer and dryer, tools, a counter top and video cam­era.

“I thought I was help­ing some­one and they were help­ing me but I was conned,” he said.

MacK­in­non and de­fence lawyer Christa Thomp­son are ex­pected to of­fer a joint sen­tenc­ing rec­om­men­da­tion of an ad­di­tional 31 days in jail fol­lowed by a pe­riod of pro­ba­tion. The sen­tence is also ex­pected to in­clude an or­der of resti­tu­tion.

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