Calgary (July 25, 2019) – Giovanni Bartolotti has been sentenced to five years imprisonment and to pay restitution of $161,665 for mortgage and vehicle sale fraud. Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston and defense counsel Peter Hoare offered a joint submission to the Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Scott Brooker. The judge agreed with the lawyers’ recommendation. The restitution was set on the amount of Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Scott Brooker, the Calgary Sun reports.
In June 2016, Bartolotti was arrested along with Kalim Khan, Linh Tran, and Lindsay Tietz. Charges against the latter were stayed. Between September 2013 and December 2014, the fraudulent group is alleged to have defrauded lenders of nearly $1.3 million.
The deceitful effect on the victims and the scheme’s high degree of sophistication and planning justified the five-year sentence. Bartolotti’s relatively early guilty plea, his agreement to the restitution order, which demonstrated a degree of remorse and his clear prior criminal record were weighed in his favor.