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Former London mayor, Fontana, avoids jail time

Joe Fontana was given a four month conditional sentence to be served under house arrest...

Joe Fontana, the former mayor of London, has received a four-month conditional sentence and 18-months probation for fraud-related offences from his time as a federal Liberal cabinet minister.

Superior Court Judge Bruce Thomas sentenced Fontana today for fraud and breach of trust by a public official, saying ``personal gain appears to be the only motive for the fraud, even in this small amount.''

Fontana will serve the sentence under house arrest.

He resigned last month as mayor after Thomas found he forged an expense document in 2005 that resulted in a $1,700 government fraud.

The Crown was calling for Fontana to spend four to six months in jail.

The defence had urged the judge not to send the 64-year-old to jail, but instead sentence him to community service, probation and paying a fine.

Fontana has said he will not return to public life.

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  1. Bitmetal posted on 07/15/2014 02:38 PM
    Obviously, a different set of rules for the wealthy. Makes you sick.
  2. Ken posted on 07/15/2014 02:38 PM
    Surprise! Surprise! Preferred treatment for a corrupt liberal politician. The usual double standard in this socialist society. Fingers crossed the OPP (aka Liberal Provincial Police) do their job on the McGuinty-Wynne eh earth, ornge, gas plants, deleted emails to name a few billion dollars stolen.

    Hopefully Wynne has the gonads to resign when the charges come forth. First lesbian premier, first lesbian premier to be charged for corruption and theft and destruction of Ontario.
    1. Sonny posted on 07/15/2014 03:41 PM
      @Ken What kind of treatment does Ford the conservative get given he has yet to be arrested...
    2. Greg posted on 07/15/2014 03:57 PM
      @Sonny Arrested for what, exactly?
  3. dama posted on 07/15/2014 02:49 PM
    That's is the problem with sentencing in Canada,, be it a criminal or a corrupt politician... in the US, he will be in jail for at least 6 months.. and you wonder why. criminals do not repent from their lives of crime..

    Punishment is too lenient in Canada..

    Fraud committed way back in 2005, now in 2014.. this fraud caught up with him and for $1700 .. I bet he was too cheap with his more than $100, 000 salary to pay for his son's wedding.. and had to bill the taxpayer for it.

    You think he is embarrassed by this?
  4. ToddK_2 posted on 07/15/2014 03:07 PM
    We need a branched criminal code for those who defraud Tax Payers and make it harsh. Too many shady people walk into government because it's an easy target. Look how hard the CRA comes down on people and businesses, too bad we don't do the same for corrupt politicians.
  5. Rob Ford is number one posted on 07/15/2014 05:23 PM
    Rob Ford is number one in Canada for politicians involved in criminal behaviour, hands down!
    Ford More Years! Ford More Years! Ford More Years!
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