Resolution near in Lesa George case: lawyer
A mountain of criminal charges against a Halifax woman accused of defrauding landlords may soon be settled.
The woman, who goes by several names including Lesa George, is facing 117 charges for alleged offences this year alone.
In Halifax provincial court Tuesday, a legal aid lawyer said he is close to a resolution with the Crown attorney on these charges. He asked that the case be adjourned while they attempt to reach a plea agreement.
That agreement could include outstanding charges against George from earlier cases in Halifax and Bridgewater.
George was charged this year with uttering forged documents, forgery and false pretences. Many involve landlords who claim 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.
George's case heads back to court in December.
She remains in jail, where she has been since her arrest this summer.