August 21, 2015 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - A woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding an elderly man into paying for breast implants and a tummy tuck has received another jail sentence — for stealing precious stones.
Brandie Bloor, 39, has now pleaded guilty to pocketing the stones worth $2,500.
Provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison sentenced Bloor to 90 days behind bars, a one-year probation term and barred her from being within 30 metres of Sahali Mall.
Bloor will also have to repay a store $1,000 — the approximate wholesale value of the stones.
She appeared in court Thursday, Aug. 20, via video from jail, where she is already serving a nine-month sentence for stealing an elderly man's identity to pay for cosmetic surgery last year.
Crown lawyer Chris Balison said Bloor walked into a store on Nov. 22, 2014 and waited for an 82-year-old clerk to become distracted with another customer.
Balison said Bloor stole 10 precious stones and took off.
The clerk called the mall maintenance worker to help find the thief.
“He followed her to a bathroom, but (Bloor) eventually left the mall.”
Police identified her using video surveillance. The stones were not recovered.
Bloor is also on the hook for $17,000 — the amount she fraudulently obtained to pay for the implants and tummy tuck.
In that case, Crown lawyer Katie Bouchard called the offence "a crime of vanity and greed."
She said an 83-year-old man received a letter from a loan company saying he was behind on payments after borrowing $15,000 for cosmetic surgeries — a loan he supposedly cosigned with Bloor.
Court heard the man was surprised and confused when he received the letter listing him as Bloor's grandfather, but he'd never heard of her.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2015