Contemplating a life in crime? Well, in terms of graft, the prim world of library management is wide open “ or is it?
On Wednesday, a Saskatoon judge sentenced Bruce David Cameron to two years less a day “ the maximum sentence for a provincial jail “ after he pleaded guilty to defrauding the Wheatland Regional Library.
Cameron’s scheme wasn’t terribly sophisticated, but he was persistent. The Crown alleges he stole $1-million dollars over 14 years, though Cameron has admitted to making off with less than $500,000 “ which he has subsequently payed back.
The court heard Cameron set up a fake company called Desert Rose Books in Carson City, Nev.
A few years ago, other library officials got suspicious and brought in a private investigator, who found the book company address was a law office. The company, which took payments for fake book orders, was registered to an alias for Cameron.
There was no evidence any book was ever shipped.