Nova Scotia

Accused fraudster too dangerous for bail: Crown

A woman facing 117 fraud-related charges should remain behind bars while her case winds its way through the courts, the Crown says.

A woman facing 117 fraud-related charges should remain behind bars while her case winds its way through the courts, the Crown says.

Lesa George, 48, appeared briefly in Halifax provincial court on Tuesday. Her case was postponed to July 8 so she can apply for a legal-aid lawyer.

George is charged with uttering forged documents, forgery and false pretences.

Halifax Regional Police allege that she identifies herself as a successful businesswoman to rent high-end properties, then stops making payments. Investigators allege she continues to live in the properties at a cost to the owner, while the owner goes through the legal process of removing her from the property.

Earlier this month, police said they found at least 14 victims.

The Crown alleges that George is a threat to the community and says it will oppose her release from custody at a bail hearing next week.

George is known by several names, including Lesa George Worth and Lesa Jergen.

In 2008, she was convicted for defrauding a bank in Bedford for a car loan.

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