Landlord Cyrano Carette's fraud sentencing postponed
Halifax apartment scam cost victims nearly $15K, court hears
The sentencing for a Bedford man on fraud and theft charges has been postponed again, this time to provide proof that all the victims in his apartment scam have been repaid.
Cyrano Carette pleaded guilty earlier this year to 13 counts of fraud under $5,000 and one count of theft under $5,000 after he was accused of sucking in unsuspecting university students with properties on Robie and Cedar streets in Halifax, just blocks away from Dalhousie University.
Victims paid Carette a deposit and first month's rent after seeing Kijiji listings for an apartment at the Robie Street building he was managing.
When they showed up on move-in day, they discovered other students had signed leases for the same apartment — but Carette was nowhere to be found and he could not be contacted.
Court heard Carette's victims lost a total of $14,882.66. He claims to have repaid most of them.
Judge Marc Chisholm has adjourned his sentencing decision until Dec. 18 to allow Carette and his lawyer time to provide proof that all victims have been repaid.
Carette was supposed to be sentenced in September, but his lawyer requested an adjournment because his client had missed a necessary appointment.
The 27-year-old man is likely to avoid a jail term, as the Crown and defence have made a joint sentencing recommendation that Carette serve two years less a day in the community.
Halifax Regional Police began investigating Carette last year and alleged he was also running rental fraud in buildings the city had declared unfit for human habitation. He no longer owns those properties.
Carette originally faced more than 100 counts of theft, fraud and making a false statement.