Fake ids used in crime spree draw real prison time

Fake ids used in crime spree draw real prison time

An “insidious” identity fraud spree has ended in a prison term for a former Ontario man who created everything from fake firearms acquisition certificates to treaty status cards to dupe Saskatchewan money lending companies.

Crown prosecutor Dana Brule said 38 year old Jeffrey Paul Renecker used legitimate looking documents that are fundamental in society and described identity fraud crimes as “fairly insidious.”

Renecker, handling his own defence, told the court a riches to rags tale blaming a “series of unfortunate events” for a downward spiral from successful businessman travelling the world to a scammer making fake id’s to steal from payday loan companies.

“Things were going fantastic in my life,” Renecker told court, claiming he had turned around a life of crime and was running a business with eight employees, had bought a house, and paid cash for a Lexus. He said the beginning of the end began when he was 30 minutes late to meet an Ontario probation officer.

When Judge Linton Smith who said he wasn’t necessarily buying Renecker’s story interjected and told him to stop blaming others, Renecker insisted he accepts responsibility for these crimes. “I wanted to be in jail,” he said.

And he got his wish. Smith agreed to impose a 30 month prison term, less credit for time already served leaving two years and 25 days remaining on his sentence.

Renecker pleaded guilty to eight fraud related offences adding to a record that already had

some 90 convictions for property or fraud related crimes. fake ids Court heard he may also face similar charges in other provinces.

Between May 8 and May 13, he took three Saskatoon Money Marts for a total of $2,225 using three different names with corresponding phoney identification, including driver’s licences, birth certificates, treaty cards, and firearms certificates.

On May 15, Renecker moved on to Regina, presenting fake ids, including a bogus paystub for BHP Billiton, at Cash Money and Money Mart in a bid to secure loans. Suspicious staff called police. Renecker ran, but not fast enough. Officers got him and found his stash of fake id’s in more than a dozen names, as well as computer equipment and laminators in the trunk of his getaway car. His backpack also held bogus bank transfers, buy fake ids cheques and utility bills.

Renecker said he turned his life around after getting out of prison in 2007 and was “proud to pay taxes” and contribute. He said a drug problem resulted in a community sentence in 2012 and he was doing well until a series of probation mix ups with an “evil” officer. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code.

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