April 24, 2013 - 12:58 PM
A man responsible for defrauding local Kelowna businesses with forged credit card purchases was sentenced this morning to two years in prison.
Kelowna Provincial Court Judge James Threlfall sentenced Cody Justin Parent, who's been in police custody for over 40 days, to another two years in a federal penitentiary. The 21-year-old man has an extensive criminal record and previous arrests for using stolen credit cards to make over $30,000 in purchases. Parent pleaded guilty today to identity theft and possession of stolen credit cards.
Some of the purchases include $3,000 at Kelowna's Simply Computing, $918 at Bosley's Pets, two puppies for $1,380, an automobile for $6,314 and $4,000 at a Vernon Simply Computing store. Parent served time in 2011 for related offences, but was released last year and resumed his fraudulent schemes.
Defence Counsel Gavin Jones says Parent, "fell back into old habits."
Jones also told the court Parent has been "living in survival mode," struggling with a Crystal Meth addiction since the age of 13. Parent grew up in and out of foster care as a youth, removed from the custody of his drug-addicted mother.
Both Jones and the crown prosecutor Peter Stabler presented a joint submission, agreeing on a sentence of two years for Parent.
Judge Threlfall accepted the joint submission and said, "given his prior criminal record a sentence in the two year range is clearly appropriate."
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