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Man pleads guilty to defrauding local realty company

A man who swindled thousands of dollars from a local property management company almost three years ago has pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000.

James Timothy Drummond of British Columbia was in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday for what was supposed to be the start of his preliminary inquiry. Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

James Timothy Drummond was supposed to begin his trial in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's Wednesday. Instead, he opted to plead guilty to the single count.

A second charge of fraud over $5,000 was conditionally withdrawn by Crown prosecutor Dana Sullivan.

Sullivan and defence lawyer Tammy Drover agreed to have the case return to court Thursday, at which time the agreed statement of facts will be presented and a date set for sentencing

Drummond scammed Burke Realty out of money while he was renting property from the company between March 2013 and August 2013.

The 68-year-old — who is from British Columbia — also faces a handful of other charges, including fraud over $5,000 and forgery, in connection with another alleged incident in C.B.S. He’s due back in court later this month to answer to those charges.

He has a history of fraudulent activity from his home province. In one of the cases, according to media reports, he was convicted of swindling more than $40,000 from a B.C. Cubs and Scouts club in 1997-98 while he served as a volunteer. He was convicted of fraud and was given a one-year conditional sentence in that case.

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