Former NLTA employee gets month-long sentence

Rosie Mullaley
Published on July 3, 2014
Michael Tracey was back in provincial court in St. John’s Monday for a bail hearing. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

A former teacher’s association employee wanted in Alberta on fraud charges has been convicted of unrelated charges in St. John’s.

Michael Tracey was sentenced to 30 days in jail in provincial court Thursday.

The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts each of refusing the breathalyzer and failing to show up at RNC headquarters for fingerprinting and identification, along with single counts of mischief by damaging property and failing to show up for court.

He was stopped by police on Aug. 3 of last year while driving on Kenmount Road at Kelsey Drive and refused to take a roadside screening.

He did the same on Nov. 14, 2013, after he was pulled over on King’s Road.

On Nov. 21, he smashed a car window on Gower Street.

He failed to show up for identification on Nov. 21 and Dec. 24, and didn’t show up for court on Dec. 12.  

When he addressed the court, Tracey told Judge Mike Madden that he’s had a difficult year, having lost his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.

He’s due back in court Aug. 7 to deal with additional charges.

The 36-year-old was charged with break and enter and two counts each of trespassing at night and breaching court orders. One of the breaches alleges he wasn’t living at the address he gave police.

He was arrested about 3 a.m. June 10 in the area of Stamps Lane and Freshwater Road in St. John’s.

A warrant has been issued in Calgary for Tracey on charges of fraud and identity theft.

Tracey no longer works at the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.

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