LETHBRIDGE: 57-year old Francisca Carmen Toledo of Lethbridge pleaded guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000 Thursday afternoon in Lethbridge provincial court.
She admitted that while working at Sears between 2008 and 2010, she issued $5,001 in un-authorized gift cards. That money has since been paid back.
Toledo was given a 15-month Conditional Sentence Order, with the first eight months under 24-hour house arrest and the following seven months under a curfew of 7-pm to 6-am. During the house arrest she can only leave her residence for work, to obtain the necessities of life (clothing, groceries), for medical/dental appointments and emergencies, religous services, as well as any counselling recommended by her probation officer or other events first approved by that officer.
Country 95 News asked Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles why they worked out a deal with an agreed loss of $5,001, when the initial press release from Lethbridge Regional Police stated the loss was over $20,000. He responded by saying the case was very complicated, and the total they ended with was all they could prove.
The case has been before the courts since April 13th of 2011.