N.S. fraudster gets 28 months

A Nova Scotia woman was sentenced yesterday to 28 months in prison for crimes that involved duping her boyfriend's family into believing she was pregnant with triplets.

The Toronto Star
March 11, 2006

N.S. fraudster gets 28 months

DARTMOUTH, N.S.—A Nova Scotia woman was sentenced yesterday to 28 months in prison for crimes that involved duping her boyfriend's family into believing she was pregnant with triplets.

Michelle Ann Drake, 37, of Mulgrave pleaded guilty a day earlier to fraud involving up to $60,000 and possessing falsified credit cards. She was set to begin serving her new sentence after completing 24 months for 11 other fraud-related convictions.

Crown attorney Bob Morrison requested the jail sentence.

The charges stemmed from several cases, though none compare to her convincing Kathy and Ted Gerrard in 2003 she was pregnant with their son Andre's triplets. After claiming the babies died during labour, Drake convinced the Gerrards she needed money to sue the hospital. They took out a $19,000 loan for the supposed legal battle.

CANADIAN PRESS


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