A Moncton man was found guilty of 39 counts of fraud in a Moncton, New Brunswick courtroom Wednesday in connection with a snow removal scam.
Edward Faulkner, 57, used different identities and different company names when he signed customers up for snow removal last fall.
Provincial court Judge Brigitte Sivret said the Crown proved that Faulkner set out to defraud customers.
He used aliases, including Edward McAlister, John Fitzpatrick and Jack McCain and used phony company names, such as Atlantic Driveways and Brunswick Snow Removal.
The Crown said Faulkner also lied about how long he'd been in business, how much insurance he had and how much equipment he owned.
Several people testified during the trial they paid Faulkner up front $226 in cash and he failed to show up to plow driveways when snow fell in late November. When they tried to reach him the phone number was disconnected.
Faulkner, who represented himself in court, said there wasn't enough snow to plow. He also told the court he subcontracted the 55 driveways to Daniel Downey.
Downey was arrested on Nov. 23 for driving a stolen tractor he leased from Faulkner.
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