Former DFO employee charged with fraud to be sentenced in November

Published on June 11, 2014

A former employee of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans charged with defrauding the Canadian government of more than $200,000 will be sentenced this fall.

David Scruton, 60, of St. John’s wasn’t in provincial court when his case was called today. He was represented by his lawyer, Randy Piercey.

Piercey told Judge Lois Skanes that his client has already pleaded guilty to one fraud charge. He may plead guilty to more charges, depending on discussions about the facts of the case with Crown prosecutor Tina Walsh.

Walsh, a prosecutor in Grand Falls-Windsor appeared in court via teleconference.

She and Piercey agreed to schedule facts and sentencing for Nov. 10.

Scruton — who was arrested by the RCMP Commercial Crime Section in St. John’s and is not in custody — faces dozens of fraud and fraud-related charges.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between July 1999 and June 2007.