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Belbas to be sentenced in June for fraud charges

Richard Belbas is expected to be sentenced in June for one set of fraud charges, while a second set of charges remains before the courts.
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THUNDER BAY – A Thunder Bay man with a history of fraud convictions will be sentenced in June for one set of charges.

A sentencing hearing has been set for June 8 for Richard William Nestor Belbas, who pleaded guilty to charges of fraud in Oct. 2016.

In a Thunder Bay Courtroom on Monday, attorney Chris Watkins, who is representing Belbas, told the court he is still waiting for medical reports from a doctor treating Belbas and requested at least three months before a sentencing hearing be held, which was agreed to by the Crown.  

Fraud convictions against Belbas go back as far as 2001 and in 2015 he was sentenced to five months in jail after being convicted of fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, and breach of probation.

Belbas is also facing a new set of fraud charges following an investigation by Thunder Bay Police. On Jan. 25, 2018, Belbas was charged with eight counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000, and nine counts of breach of probation.

Thunder Bay Police said they received 11 complaints from individuals who claimed to have hired and pre-paid Belbas as a handyman to do home renovation work in 2016 that was never delivered.

Belbas is expected to make another court appearance on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to have his latest charges spoken to. 

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