Nova Scotia

Lesa George gets 32 month sentence

Convicted fraud artist Lesa George is going to prison.

Fraudster gets credit for time already served

Convicted fraud artist Lesa George is going to prison.

On Tuesday afternoon the court heard a joint recommendation to sentence her to seven months credit for the time she has spent in jail since June 1, and an additional 25 months federal time.

George plead guilty to defrauding 15 victims.

She showed no emotion as the Crown read out a long list of facts on guilty pleas and requested restitution for each of George's victims.

The 48-year-old Bedford woman, who goes by several aliases, faced 117 charges for alleged offences this year alone. In late October a legal aid lawyer asked that the case be adjourned while an attempt was made to reach a plea agreement.

George was charged this year with uttering forged documents, forgery and false pretences. Many involved landlords who said she lived in their properties without paying rent.

In 2008, George was convicted of defrauding the Bank of Montreal to obtain a car loan.

She got $38,000 by claiming she made an annual salary of $92,000 as vice-president of a consulting firm. In fact, she was making $11 an hour working in a dentist's office.

A Pictou County man won a civil judgment against George for $175,000 in 2006. A former boyfriend also won a small claims case against her.