Man charged with fraud, forgery back in court Friday

A guilty plea and sentencing submissions are anticipated on Friday on behalf of a Red Deer man charged with nearly 50 counts of fraud and forgery, totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A guilty plea and sentencing submissions are anticipated on Friday on behalf of a Red Deer man charged with nearly 50 counts of fraud and forgery, totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lesley Jerry Billett, 46 appeared briefly in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday, represented by Red Deer lawyer Bradley Mulder.

Billett was originally charged on in April of 2011 with 26 counts including fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, fraudulent use of credit card data and uttering forged documents.

The number of charges has continued to rise since the the original charges were laid.

Billett has changed lawyers three times during the process.

In court on Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Tony Bell submitted a binder containing the charges against Billett and advised Judge Bert Skinner that he and Mulder have agreed to a joint submission.

Skinner asked that the matter be set over to give the court an opportunity to review the contents of the binder before proceeding with sentencing.

Billett, who remains in custody at the Red Deer Remand Centre, is to return to court on Friday morning.

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