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Woman in MPI fraud, conspiracy case now re-affirming guilty plea

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A young woman who was on the verge of withdrawing guilty pleas to several counts of fraud last week told court today she no longer wanted a trial.

Kaela Leigh Perry, 27, re-affirmed the guilty pleas she made July 17 to six counts of fraud and conspiracy in what’s been described as the largest vehicle-insurance fraud scheme in the province’s history.

Justice Chris Martin gave Perry a week to review her decision.

Perry was one of dozens of people arrested in a massive investigation into what was described as the largest vehicle-insurance fraud scheme in the province’s history.

Between 2005 and 2009, high-end luxury cars were brought in from Ontario, where their odometers would be rolled back and then sales arranged to individuals who participated in staging phony accidents and thefts — all in a bid to secure insurance claims.

Manitoba Public Insurance claimed to have lost more than $800,000 to the scheme.

Perry’s sentencing is expected to take place sometime in the fall.

She will be expected to make restitution for her involvement in the offences, about $92,000.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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