Fundraising scam nets fine and jail time for Calgary man
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:13PM MST
Last Updated Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:37PM MST
A fraudulent fundraising night will see a Calgary man spending the next two months behind bars.
28-year-old Kristopher James Cook faked having brain cancer and hosted a fundraiser for himself at a Calgary pub in July of 2012, claiming he needed the money for treatment.
The event raised $7,500 which Cook pocketed.
On Thursday, Cook was sentenced to six months in jail and two years probation. With credit for time served, Cook will spend the next two months in jail.
Cook was also ordered to donate the entire amount he fraudulently raised, $7,500, to the Canadian Cancer Foundation.
Crown Prosecutor Mike Ewenson says he’s pleased with Cook’s sentence.
“This may actually be one of the higher sentences for this crime for someone who pleaded guilty and has no prior criminal record,” says Ewenson.