LETHBRIDGE: 24-year old Jenna Phillips was handed a $350 fine Wednesday morning, after she admitted to scamming seven Lethbridge residents back in March.
Phillips went to numerous houses in her neighbourhood asking for gas money so she could pick her kids up out of town.
Several people handed over sums ranging from $10 to $40, with the promise that she would return to pay them back later. She left a contact number, however when the victims tried it the number turned out to be fake and she never came back.
Duty council Brett Carlson helped represent Phillips through the process, saying that she's currently on social assistance and supporting two young children without help from their father. He added "imposing fines is going to make a bad situation worse". Carlson also noted that since Phillips was charged back in March, she has paid back all of the money to the victims.
The Crown asked for fines in the amount of $200 per count, adding to a total of $1,400. Because of Phillips financial situation the judge opted to fine her $50 per count.