Darlene Wheeler has been sentenced to 12 months’ house arrest for running a rental scam in Gander, NL three years ago.
Wheeler took close to $3,800 in deposit money from six women looking to rent an apartment. None of them ever stayed in the accommodations that they paid for, instead, Wheeler kept the money.
“There’s little question that your conduct in bilking these trusting young women of moneys they gave to you in good faith is reprehensible,” Judge Lori Marshall said in her sentencing decision at provincial court in St. John’s on Tuesday morning.
“[The] risk to the community of you reoffending if you are released is on the lower end of the scale,” Marshall said in her sentencing decision.
In addition to her conditional sentence of 12 months’ house arrest, Wheeler will serve 12 months of probation and must pay restitution to her victims.
Read more at CBC News Newfoundland and Labrador
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Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.