Canadian man convicted of defrauding the U.S military faces sentencing

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Attorneys for a Canadian man convicted of defrauding the U.S. military after being contracted to supply armoured vehicles for use in Iraq are asking a federal judge for leniency.

Defence attorneys say 72-year-old William Whyte, who faces sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Danville, never intended to defraud the government. They also cite his age and health in seeking a downward variance from sentencing guidelines.

Prosecutors are asking for an upper-range sentence of up to nine years, saying Whyte engaged in deliberate fraud and endangered the lives of American soldiers and allies in a war zone.

Whyte was convicted last year on several fraud counts.

Authorities say his now-defunct company, Armet Armed Vehicles, contracted to supply 30 vehicles but delivered only six, all behind schedule and without the specified armour.

Read the original story over at The National Post.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.