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.
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