Ashley Nicole Jorgenson, 32, was sentenced to 30 months in a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty to 48 fraud related charges from crimes committed throughout Alberta last week.
Jorgenson appeared in Cold Lake court on Dec. 17 to face 138 charges stemming from a spree of criminal activity, which saw her commit 28 fraudulent transactions in five jurisdictions over the course of five months.
The majority of the charges were multiple counts of fraud under $5,000, theft under $5,000, use of a stolen credit card, use of forged identification and failure to comply with a probation order.
A total of 18 businesses in Bonnyville, Cold Lake and St. Paul and several others in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan were victimized by Jorgenson.
Her crimes, many of which were committed by using stolen credit cards and stolen or fake identification, totalled just under $20,000.
After going over 19 separate incidents of fraud committed by Jorgenson two impact statements were submitted for Judge Kathleen Williams’ consideration. One statement was from TNT Clothing in Cold Lake, while the other was a community impact statement from the Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce.
“Ms. Jorgenson was given the opportunity back in August to serve a sentence on an intermittent basis,” said Williams. “She has the ability to do well. Unfortunately she slipped and tumbled far.”
On Aug. 27 Jorgenson was handed a 90-day intermittent jail sentence, which was reduced to 45 days due to time served. It required her to report to the Cold Lake RCMP every other weekend to serve time and also included 18-months probation.
After that court appearance Jorgenson went out and committed over 100 new offences, including a series of fraudulent acts the very next day.
“Ms. Jorgenson was given the benefit of the doubt that time,” said Williams, before agreeing with the 30 months sentence jointly submitted by the Crown prosecutor and Jorgenson’s defence.
Jorgenson did not remember over half of the incidents described in court attributing her lack of memory to a drug induced haze.
Her defecse stated that Jorgenson’s criminal activity was fueled by an addiction to crystal meth.
“I am not proud of where the disease of addiction took me,” said Jorgenson to the court, while fighting back tears.
“I have five children who have suffered from my disease. I am very sorry for all of the lives I have affected, including my own.”
The remorseful Jorgenson was handed a jail sentence of two and a half years. After removing the 136 days she was given credit for as time served, she has two years and 46 days left on her sentence.
Along with jail time Jorgenson was ordered to fulfill restitution requests from seven businesses she targeted and will have to pay back $6,290.96.
She will also have to provide a sample of DNA, which will be entered into the official criminal database.
Jorgenson’s fraudulent rampage saw her target businesses all over northeastern Alberta, the majority of which happened from July to September.
Here is a complete timeline of her criminal offences:
June 21 to July 21, 2014 – Cold Lake
Jorgenson purchased gift cards, lottery tickets and cigarettes totalling $1,886.20 at the Husky gas station in Cold Lake with a stolen credit card.
July 15, 2015 – Edmonton
Jorgenson placed a $580 order for various items at Once Upon A Child in Edmonton. She phoned in the order and used stolen credit card information to pay for the purchase.
When she arrived to pick up the purchase she provided false photo identification.
July 28, 2015 – Cold Lake
Jorgenson used two stolen credit cards to purchase $491 worth of clothing and accessories at TNT Clothing Corp. in Cold Lake.
On that same day she went into Value Drug Mart at the Tri-City Mall and attempted to purchase $500 in pre-paid credit cards. The employee refused to let her by the pre-paid credit cards with a credit card.
Later that day Jorgenson rented a room at the Best Western in Cold Lake under a fake name. She ordered food from the Sawmill Restaurant and racked up a combined bill of $511.
When paying for her bill she told the receptionist that the magnetic strip on the credit card didn’t work and got the employee to punch a stolen credit card number in by hand.
July 29, 2015 – St. Paul
Jorgenson made several purchases at the Smitty’s Family Restaurant and Hideaway Lounge with a stolen credit card. She would over tip on her purchases and then ask the waitresses for cash back.
In total she knocked the joint off for $2,100 in purchases made with a stolen credit card.
July 31, 2015 – Edmonton
Edmonton RCMP conducted a traffic stop on a truck dangerously swerving on the road at around 3 a.m. Jorgenson, a passenger in the vehicle, was heavily intoxicated, provided the officers with fake ID and was in possession of 0.4 grams of meth.
When officers searched her they also found that she was in possession of a several fraudulent credit cards.
Aug. 4, 2015 – St. Paul
Jorgenson purchased $104 worth of gas from the Co-op gas station in St. Paul.
Earlier that same day she attempted to make a purchase at grocery store but was unable to after the cashier refused to punch the credit card number in manually.
Aug. 12, 2015 – Ardmore and Bonnyville
Jorgenson used a fraudulent credit card to purchase $804 worth or pre-paid credit cards from the Ardmore M&M Mini Mart.
On that same day she also purchased a $350 cell phone from Midwest Communications in Bonnyville with a fraudulent credit card.
Aug. 17, 2015 – Fort Saskatchewan
Jorgenson fueled up at the Husky gas station in Fort Saskatchewan before entering and attempting to purchase some lottery tickets with a stolen credit card. The attendant refused to punch in the credit card numbers manual. After failing to make a fraudulent purchase Jorgenson fled without paying for the gas.
Aug. 26, 2015 – Cold Lake
Jorgenson made five transactions at the Edge Sports Bar in Cold Lake totalling $1,640.90 and another series of transactions totalling $1,224. She used a scheme were she would over tip the waitress and then ask for cash back.
Aug. 28, 2015 – Cold Lake
One-day after receiving a global sentence for stolen credit card offences, Jorgenson reported to the Cold Lake RCMP to serve part of a 90-day intermittent sentence.
She showed up to the detachment under the influence of alcohol, which resulted in a breach of condition.
Sept. 2, 2015
Jorgenson stole $119 worth of gas from an local gas bar.
Sept. 9, 2015 – Cold Lake
Jorgenson used a credit card to make fraudulent purchases at five different businesses in Cold Lake.
The transactions included a $59 purchase at Boston Pizza, a $597 purchase a Ashcroft Flooring, a $1,917 purchase at Connected Cellular, a $2,229 purchase at Communications Cold Lake and a $936 purchase at Edge Sports Bar.
Jorgenson quipped that she didn’t remember committing these fraudulent acts.
Sept. 11, 2015
Jorgenson failed to report to an intermittent sentence in Cold Lake.
Sept. 12, 2015 – St. Paul
On a day where Jorgenson should have been serving part of her intermittent sentence in Cold Lake she attempted to make a fraudulent purchase at a gas bar in St. Paul.
RCMP responded the St. Paul Co-op gas station where Jorgenson attempted to make a purchase with a stolen credit card. She had asked staff to manually enter the credit card number, but the employees refused.
Jorgenson fled the scene when officers arrived leaving behind a book containing a series of stolen names and stolen credit card numbers.
Sept. 14, 2015 – Cold Lake
Jorgenson stole a bartender’s wallet while at the Sawmill Restaurant in Cold Lake. She was confronted by the bartender and fled from the scene on foot.
Sept. 16, 2015 – Ashmont
Jorgenson used a stolen credit card to purchase three money orders from the Ashmont General Store. Two of the orders were for $999.99, while one was for $500.
Sept. 17, 2015 – Bonnyville
Jorgenson used a stolen credit card to purchase a $367 pair of sunglasses from Lakeland Family Eyecare in Bonnyville.
She managed to get staff to manually enter the numbers of a stolen credit card to make the purchase.