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Judge goes easy on depressed fraudster

Elderly fraud victims in Barrie, Ont. were irate after a sympathetic judge cut a serial fraudster’s jail sentence in half Friday because he suffers from depression.

“I am not unsympathetic to your diagnosis of depression,” Justice Simon Armstrong said in his sentencing of Reginald Roskaft, 60, convicted of one count of fraud for ripping off eight victims from Barrie, Brampton and Toronto of $975,179 from 2009 to 2014.

“Without this depression disorder your sentence would have been four years,” he said.

Armstrong sentenced Roskaft to two years in prison with three years of probation and a restitution order to pay the money back someday if he is able.

Read more at Toronto Sun

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.