Man accused of forging reference letters in bid to avoid jail time – Nova Scotia

An attempt to avoid further jail time may have backfired for a Glace Bay, N.S., man who is accused of giving the court forged reference letters he claimed were from a pastor, a union official and a Hockey Nova Scotia official. 

Kurt Alan MacLennan, 35, of Harrington Street faces charges of uttering forged documents by submitting fake reference letters to Sydney provincial court.

He appeared in court Monday to enter a plea on the charges, but his lawyer asked for an adjournment. He will return to court July 24.

Crown says 3 of 4 letters were fakes

The allegations stem from a November 2016 court appearance. MacLennan had breached a conditional sentence order on previous charges of possession of stolen property and break and enter by removing the electronic monitoring bracelet worn around his ankle.

He was ordered to serve the rest of his sentence behind bars. In a bid to bolster his case that he should be allowed out of jail, MacLennan produced four character reference letters.

The Crown alleges three are false. Prosecutor Gerald MacDonald said reference letters are checked.

“There were things that caught the attention of the Crown attorney that was in court on that day,” said MacDonald. “He acted on them, asked for further investigation and here we are.”

A ‘highly unusual’ case

The three alleged forged letters were from:

  • A Hockey Nova Scotia official who praised MacLennan’s work as a referee.
  • A character reference from a local pastor.
  • A union official who indicated MacLennan’s job was in jeopardy if he went to jail.

MacDonald said he’s never come across a case like this.

“It’s highly unusual to see this type of allegation,” he said.

MacLennan’s wife, Candice, 31, also faces charges of forgery and uttering a forged document in the case. Her charges were previously referred to restorative justice and she will return to court Aug. 21 for a status report.

Restorative justice is an alternative to the regular court process and…

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