Fraud-related charges piling up fast for Red Deer man

Fraud-related charges continue to pile up for a Red Deer man.

Fraud-related charges continue to pile up for a Red Deer man.

Lesley Jerry Billett, 45, had his charge sheet increase to 34 when his lawyer Will Willms appeared for him in Red Deer provincial court Monday.

The new charges announced in court include single counts of fraud valued at more than $5,000 and fraud valued at less than $5,000.

Willms told court he needs more time to digest the new information and adjourned the case until Oct. 7 to enter a plea.

When he was originally charged in early April Billett faced 26 fraud-related charges.

Additional charges were laid through the spring and summer.

The charges were laid following a lengthy investigation, Red Deer RCMP said earlier.

The charges include fraud valued at more than $5,000 each, fraud valued at less than $5,000 each, fraudulent use of a credit card and uttering a forged document.

Police said in April that a man offered shredding equipment for sale to victims as part of his company.

It’s alleged the victims provided money to the accused as either deposits or as the purchase price for equipment that was never delivered.

The accused is also alleged to have used the credit card information of one victim to make local purchases.

The victims are reported to be from Alberta, British Columbia and the United States.

The total value of the frauds is more than $175,000.