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Elliot Lake man now banned from having anyone else's credit or debit cards

He also got a jail term
credit card theft or fraud
An Elliot Lake woman got some bad news during her Costa Rican vacation last fall.

She was notified that someone had tried to make an online purchase on a credit card she had left behind in her residence.

While she was able to cancel that purchase there was another nasty surprise waiting for her when she returned home from the October trip, a judge heard Wednesday.

Someone had used her MasterCard and Visa credit cards in Elliot Lake to withdraw a total of $2,574 in cash advances.

The culprit was caught on camera using the cards, and it was a man she was involved in a romantic relationship with, who was residing in her home, prosecutor Heidi Mitchell said.

David Koski pleaded guilty to two counts of defrauding the woman.

The offences occurred on Oct. 7, 8 and 12.

He also was convicted of failing to attend court on Oct. 30 and breaching a recognizance for not following his curfew on June 4.

"I want to take responsibility for my actions," the 40-year-old mechanic told Ontario Court Justice Romuald Kwolek.

Mitchell and defence lawyer Ken Walker jointly recommended that Koski be sentenced to a 75-day jail term.

Kwolek gave him credit for 30 days of pre-sentence custody, leaving him with a further 45 days to serve, and also placed him on probation for 12 months.

As well, he ordered Koski to pay restitution - $1,382 to the victim and $1,192 to one of the banks involved - during that time.

Koski also can't possess any credit and debit cards or data unless it is lawfully issued in his name.

He must also provide a DNA sample for the national database

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About the Author: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 35 years.
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