Dominic Panaccio sentenced to two years in jail for theft of tax dollars

Former solider guilty of fraud, theft and fraudulently obtaining credit over 13 years. He received hundreds of thousands in fraudulent cash advances and social aid payments All former Canadian soldiers are released from military…

Dominic Panaccio sentenced to two years in jail for theft of tax dollars

Former solider guilty of fraud, theft and fraudulently obtaining credit over 13 years. He received hundreds of thousands in fraudulent cash advances and social aid payments

All former Canadian soldiers are released from military service with one task in hand – to serve on a west coast ship or at one of the country’s navy bases.

Dominic Panaccio served as a solider in New Brunswick between 2003 and 2013, but he is now at a Burnaby justice centre, awaiting sentencing on fraud, theft and fraudulently obtaining credit over 13 years, for which he was found guilty last week.

According to B.C. court documents, Panaccio fraudulently obtained $104,970 from the Canadian Forces National Defence (CFND) working stipend and $4,090 from CFND disability payments over his career.

From March to July 2015, he used every single cheque he received for his job in uniform to buy cannabis oil, and later marijuana cookies and marijuana brownies, in a series of transactions – all of which earned him $10,000 in cash advances.

He repaid his net debt of more than $49,000 by selling a luxury condo in St John’s, which he once shared with his wife, according to a sentencing submission from the Crown.

The Crown urged the court to sentence Panaccio to two years in jail, while the defence argued for a sentence of just over five years – one of the latter being a conditional sentence. The defence told the court that the case is a classic example of what happens when penalties are not aligned with societal needs.

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