LETHBRIDGE: Maryam Alemi and Olexiy Klochko have managed to avoid jail time.
The couple entered guilty pleas last April to a scam where they used skimmed credit cards across Alberta at Wal-Mart stores to buy electronics and gift cards totalling more than $30,000.
In court Friday three additional charges were brought forward from Wal-Marts in Saskatchewan that they also hit. Both entered pleas of guilty to those as well.
Alemi and Klochko spent 3-months in custody after their initial arrest, but because that was prior to the two-for-one credit being removed from the Canadian justice system, they received credit for 6-months in pre-trial custody.
With that in mind and also considering that neither had a past criminal record, the judge handed down a Conditional Sentence Order of 18-months with credit for 6-months.
Alemi and Klochko will serve that time in the community, as the judge ruled they would not be a risk to the public. For the first 6-months of the order they will be confined to their home in Calgary, except for work, school or health issues. For the remaining 6-months they will have a curfew of 9-pm to 6-am with the same exceptions.
In addition to the house arrest both are required to complete 120-hours of community service.
The judge did impose a Compensation Order, meaning should Wal-Mart decide to pursue the couple of the $30,000 they will not need to go through the entire court process.