Former South Sudanese child soldier pleads guilty to fraud in Alberta

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A former South Sudanese child soldier pled guilty to fraud on Tuesday after trying to send funds to his family still struggling in warn-torn South Sudan.

Johnson Nyuon pled guilty to fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and theft under $5,000 for a string of incidents involving depositing fraudulent cheques.

The 42-year-old man withdrew approximately $10,000 in funds after submitting fake cheques to banks. According to Nyuon’s Calgary-based defence counsel Marc Crarer, the funds were going to be used to support family members still living in war-torn South Sudan.

Nyuon claimed refugee status in Canada after he was forced to become a child solider in South Sudan according to Crarer.

Nyuon released himself to a Medicine Hat police station after confessing he had stolen from the fast food restaurant where he was working.

Read more at Medicine Hat News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.