A new father will spend his baby’s first Christmas behind bars after admitting to using a stolen credit card to fraudulently purchase nearly $6,000 in fuel.
Peter Hunt was taken into custody at the end of a sentencing hearing on Monday in Kamloops provincial court.
The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 stemming from an incident nearly two years ago.
Crown prosecutor Evan Goulet said a District of Lillooet credit card was stolen from a municipal vehicle on Jan. 6, 2018, while it was being repaired in Kamloops.
Hunt was later seen on video surveillance at six Esso stations in Kamloops and the North Thompson Valley, using the card to purchase $5,685.37 worth of fuel.
Hunt, a veteran of the British military who hails from the United Kingdom, owns a hauling company in Kamloops. Court heard he used the ill-gotten fuel to gas up his trucks.
Of the 60 prior convictions on Hunt’s criminal record, 25 are for property crimes and nine of those relate to fraud-related offences.
Kamloops provincial court Judge Stella Frame sentenced Hunt to spend four months in prison.
“I’m hoping the fact you have a baby whose first Christmas you are going to miss, who is dependent on you, you will realize that you can’t afford to make any more decisions like this,” Frame said.
In addition to the jail time, Hunt will be bound by a 12-month probation order upon his release including terms barring him from visiting any Esso in Kamloops or Barriere and requiring he stay away from the District of Lillooet office.
Frame also ordered Hunt to pay restitution.