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Warrant issued for arrest of Fort McMurray fraud suspect

A warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of a woman who lied about being a victim of the Fort McMurray wildfire.
Jaime Lynn Cox failed to attend Fort Macleod provincial court to face five charges of fraud under $5,000.
Crown prosecutor Clayton Giles asked Judge Eric Peterson to issue a warrant for Cox’s arrest.
Cox defaulted on a $2,500 bond for failing to attend court.
Cox was charged last month after people in Claresholm contacted the RCMP Claresholm residents told police a man and woman were representing themselves as having been displaced during the evacuation of Fort McMurray.
Cox’s co-accused, Darryl Rondeau, pleaded guilty May 25 to one count of fraud and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Cox also failed to attend court on June 8, but phoned duty counsel lawyer Marshall Gourlay to say she was ill.
Cox, who is homeless, told Gourlay she was living at a shelter in Lethbridge.