January 22nd, 2021

Conditional sentence in forgery case

By Shurtz, Delon on July 23, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


A Calgary man who pretended to be someone else so he could access that person’s bank account has been handed a conditional sentence.

Mark Anderson, who was set to stand trial this week in Lethbridge provincial court, pleaded guilty instead to charges of impersonation and forgery.

He was given a five-month conditional sentence, the first three months of which he will be under house arrest at a treatment centre, followed by two months curfew. He was also placed on probation for one year.

Anderson, who is currently in treatment and did not attend his court hearing, walked into a westside bank a year ago and claimed to be another person. He showed bank personnel a forged driver’s licence in the same name and attempted to accesss that person’s account. He was unsuccessful, however, and arrested shortly afterward.

Calgary lawyer Alain Hepner told court his 55-year-old client struggles with substance abuse.

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