Manitoba

Andrea Giesbrecht fraud charges dropped as infant remains trial continues

Fraud charges against a woman accused of concealing six babies' bodies have been dropped.

Charge of fraud over $5K stayed, says lawyer of woman accused of hiding babies' bodies in U-Haul locker

Andrea Giesbrecht, 42, is accused of concealing the remains of six infants in a U-Haul storage locker in Winnipeg. (CBC)

Fraud charges against a woman accused of concealing six babies' bodies have been dropped.

Andrea Giesbrecht, who's on trial for concealing the remains of six infants in a storage locker, was supposed to be back in court this week to face an unrelated fraud charge dating back to 2013.

But that charge has been stayed, said Mathew Gould, her lawyer.

The charge for fraud over $5,000 was laid against Giesbrecht in April 2015, court documents state. 

Gould said he learned last Friday that the charges were being dropped.

"I was contacted by the Crown attorney, who confirmed they would enter a stay of proceedings," Gould said, adding he was not given a reason why the charges were being stayed.

A charge of fraud under $5,000 was dropped last April after Giesbrecht pleaded guilty to another charge of fraud over $5,000.

Giesbrecht is charged with six counts of concealing the remains of infants in a storage locker in October 2014.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being tried in front of a judge alone in provincial court. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Oct. 5.

Andrea Giesbrecht fraud charges dropped as infant remains trial continues

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