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Winnipeg woman accused of hiding dead babies spared jail in separate fraud case

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg woman charged with hiding the remains of six infants in a storage locker will not serve any extra jail time for an unrelated fraud charge.

Andrea Giesbrecht pleaded guilty in February to swindling Manitoba’s Employment and Income Assistance program of more than $5,000.

She also admitted that she visited a casino despite a probation order prohibiting her from gambling.

A judge handed her a 60-day jail sentence, but Giesbrecht was given full credit because of time already served in custody.

Court heard that between December 2011 and May 2012, Giesbrecht received payments from the assistance program despite being married and receiving rent from a property she owned.

Her lawyer said his client has a gambling addiction which has led to her losing more than $650,000.

Giesbrecht faces six counts of concealing the remains of infants in a Winnipeg U-Haul storage locker. Her trial began last week but has been adjourned until August.

She has been out of custody on bail since April 2015.


The Canadian Press

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