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No jail time for P.E.I. man who stole cheque from roommate

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A P.E.I. man who stole a blank cheque from a former roommate and cashed it for $500 was recently given a suspended sentence.

Matthew Frazer Cole, 33, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he was also given time served for failing to attend court multiple times.

Cole pleaded guilty to several charges, including fraud and failing to attend court.

Crown attorney Lisa Goulden told the court that when Cole moved out of where he had been living in January 2017, he took a blank cheque from his roommate.

Cole made the cheque payable to himself for $500 and deposited it through an ATM.

The money wasn’t recovered.

In July, a police officer in North Rustico caught Cole driving more than 30 km/h faster than the speed limit.

Cole provided breathalyzer samples that were above the legal limit.

In December, the police arrested Cole for breaching an undertaking after they found him with someone he wasn’t supposed to contact.

He spent 63 days in custody before his sentencing.

Douglas gave Cole a suspended sentence with one year of probation for the fraud and time served for multiple counts of failing to attend court.

Cole must also pay a $1,000 fine for failing the breathalyzer, $800 in victim surcharges and $500 in restitution.

He is banned from driving for one year.

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