Adina Harms Barbour was found guilty of mortgage fraud for allegedly falsifying documents and cheques to acquire mortgages from CIBC.
“You never know what’s going to happen, and I never pretend to know what’s going to happen,” Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston said, according to Global News
. “But, obviously, the Crown is satisfied with the decision.”
Barbour, who defended herself during the trial, said her ex-husband had access to her computer and could have forged documents sent to CIBC that were eventually used to obtain a mortgage approval.
“There’s no direct evidence against me,” Adina Harms Barbour said during her closing arguments in Lethbridge Court last month, according to the Lethbridge Herald
. “There is no evidence that I committed fraud before the court.”
Barbour allegedly used the names of friends and family – unbeknownst to them -- to secure the loans. In all, Barbour took out nine loans for a total of more than $2 million in fraudulent mortgages.
Johnston said the crown will pursue a lengthy jail sentence, according to Global
, “because of the nature of the offence and the risk to both the public at large – because of what happens when mortgages are inflated like this – and, just because of the sheer quantum of the amount as well.”
Barbour is due back in court January 11 for sentencing.