A 25-year-old Charlottetown man who defrauded H&R Block of just over $4,000 by submitting a bogus T4 slip from a non-existent company has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Jody John Power was one of several people to take part in a T4 scam that cost the tax preparation company thousands of dollars before the scam was detected and shut down.
The court was told Power was not co-operative with police during the investigation.
Sentence was suspended on two other charges against Power, the possession of stolen property and failure to attend court.
The first of those charges related to the possession of a quantity of lottery tickets that had been stolen from a convenience store by an employee of that store and given to other people to cash in.
The second charge was laid after he failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance.
Power had no prior criminal record.
Upon release from jail, Power will be placed on probation for 18 months. As part of his probation, Power will be required to make restitution to H&R Block for $4,000.
The person who manufactured the bogus T4s and received a cut from each one that was used successfully to obtain cash may be required to pay a portion of Power’s restitution.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas ordered Power to stay away from H&R Block and any other such company that provides a similar service.
Power was also told to make a serious effort to find and maintain employment.
The court was told Power has been addicted to opiates for nine years.
He has been on his own since he was 14.
Sentence has been adjourned in the case of Emily Phillips, age 20, of Charlottetown, who also pleaded guilty to using a bogus T4 slip in hopes of getting a tax return to which she was not entitled.
In her case, H&R Block would not process the return because they were suspicious of her T4 so there was no loss to the company.
Phillips has also pleaded guilty to a charge of theft for stealing beverages from Shoppers Drug Mart.
The court was told Phillips too has addictions issues.
She is currently waiting to get into detox and should have a bed there shortly.
The court is also waiting for word from her probation officer on whether she has met with them to provide information for a pre-sentence report.
Phillips will be back in court Oct. 17.