ONTARIO WORKS FRAUDSTER GOES TO THE SLAMMER

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(THUNDER BAY, ONT) –Appearing in courtroom 102 today is 40-year-old Stacy Cecil Eade. Her Honour, Joyce Pelletier is presiding, along with Trevor Jukes as Crown Attorney, and David Bruzzese as defence lawyer.

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Eade is leaning side to side, almost constantly throughout the court case. He has a shaved head that has grown in by about half a centimetre, a large scar behind his left ear on his skull, and a neck tattoo that was not evident as to what it was supposed to be.

Court begins with Eade pleading guilty to a number of charges, including assault, fraud over $5000, multiple failures to comply with bail conditions, and a failure to appear in court.

The crown withdraws a breach of bail conditions and he is left with the remaining charges.

The Crown attorney takes the podium and begins to read in the facts of the court case, which were admitted by defence lawyer Bruzzese after being read in.

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ADMITTED FACTS

November 8th, 2013, the Economic Crime Unit of the Thunder Bay Police Service received information from a fraud investigator for Ontario Works involving Eade. Eade had applied for Ontario Works benefits in 2006 as a single male looking for work.

An investigation revealed that between July 2011 and June 2013, Eade had several periods where he was contract employed as a bricklayer at the same time as he receivedΒ Ontario Works assistance.

Eade’s total amount of unreported earnings was $50,447.61. He was charged with fraud for not declaring that amount. The Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board was out $8,483.53.

Eade had failed to appear in court and had also breached his bail condition, resulting in two charges.

Eade had assaulted someone in the north end of town, and they sustained significant bruising

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DEFENCE SUBMISSIONS

Bruzzese indicates that during talks with the crown, it was agreed upon 90 days in jail for fraud over $5000, 60 days for the assault, and 30 days for the failure to appear in court. He adds that time served would be deducted from these numbers. This is a joint submission between defence and the Crown.

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He notes that Eade has already spent a total of 33 days in jail before sentencing, which should be enhanced by 1.5x to 50 days.

12 months of probation to follow Eade’s jail term is suggested with the following terms:

  • Report as required to probation
  • Recieve treatment/counselling for substance abuse as directed by probation
  • Restitution order of $8483.53
  • DNA submitted to the DNA database

Eade is 45 years of age and is in the bricklayers union. It is unfortunate that he has periods of substance abuse, Eade acknowledges. He is prepared to abide by his probation order.

Bruzzese states that his submission is for 6 months less 50 days.

HER HONOURS DECISION

Her Honour addresses Eade directly and orders him to stand up from within the prisoner’s box. β€œThere are very few people I see in the court system that are bad people,” she tells him and goes on to explain that the majority of people are driven by drug addiction and drug-seeking behaviour and that she does not believe him to be a bad guy.

He is sentenced to the agreed upon joint submission. Eade is lead out of the prisoner’s box and back into the jail cell in the courthouse basement to await his transfer back to the Thunder Bay District Jail.

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