A former Manitoba Fire Commissioner who used public money to pay his own debts was sentenced on Monday, but will not be going to jail.
Chris Jones, 45, was handed a 21 month conditional sentence by Judge Tim Preston after he pleaded guilty to breach of trust and forgery.
Jones had admitted to scamming $50,000 in tax money and using it to pay off personal debts between 2009 and 2011 while he was the boss of the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC).
Court heard he claimed 21 advances from a work credit card and used it towards his own expenses. He then doctored documents for fake expense claims and even received help from four other senior employees. None of them are still employed at the OFC.
Jones was fired in 2012 after a series of financial irregularities were found in an audit.
Judge Preston reasoned that Jones was at a low risk to re offend and did not have a prior criminal history.
Jones is under a variety of conditions including a curfew. If he does not follow these conditions, he will be put behind bars for the rest of his sentence.
His legal troubles did not end with the sentence with a civil suit filed by the province which names Jones is still making its way through the courts.