July 19th, 2018

Man gets 10-month jail sentence for fraud Tuesday, but has only four days left to serve

By Peggy Revell on February 7, 2017.

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell

A man facing multiple fraud-related charges was sentenced to 10 months in jail Tuesday — but with pretrial custody, has only four days left to serve.

Shane Harvey Yanke appeared by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre, entering guilty pleas to 20 different charges against him.

The resolution of all the charges allows for a “clean slate” said defence counsel, so that when the 40-year-old is released, he plans to reside and work on a farm, stay out of Medicine Hat and away from friends, alcohol and drugs that contributed to his criminal activity.

Yanke was arrested July 28 after a break-in at a Riverside home where a wallet and credit cards had been stolen. These stolen credit cards were used at a convenience store.  Yanke was later located and arrested at his residence.

A warrant to search Yanke’s led police to seize a stolen point of sale terminal, stolen mail containing personal information, a credit card skimmer, a credit card embosser, stolen credit cards, pre-paid Visa and MasterCards and a stolen laptop.

Guilty pleas were entered to two counts of fraud under $5,000, two counts of using/trafficking in credit card data obtained through committing an offence, ten counts of possessing property obtained by crime, one count of having an Instruments for copying credit card data or forging or falsifying credit cards, and five different counts of failing to comply with his probation order.

Yanke was denied bail in August, meaning he had a total of 197 days of time already served in jail up until Tuesday. With the usual time-and-a-half credit factored in, this means 296 days of his 10-month sentence is considered served.

Nine months for evading police

Evading police landed a Medicine Hat man a nine-month jail sentence Tuesday.

Brayden Jay Guckert, 23, appeared before by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre before Medicine Hat Provincial Court, entering guilty pleas to eight charges.

The charge of evading police occurred when on April 1, 2016, Medicine Hat police observed Guckert in a vehicle whose license plate was stolen. Police attempted to pull over Guckert, but he accelerated to a high rate of speed along Maple Avenue. Police opted to not pursue, and instead later located and arrested Guckert.

Guckert told police he fled from them because the car he was driving did not have insurance.

Alongside the nine month sentence, Guckert also pled guilty to a lesser charge of simple assault — instead of robbery— stemming from a May 2016 incident where he and an unknown person assaulted complainant who was known to Guckert. For this, he was fined $500.

Guckert also entered guilty pleas to multiple counts of failing to sign in with police as required by his release conditions, and curfew breaches. The 45 days of jailtime for these offenses were counted as time served due to time Guckert had already spent in custody.

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