Store manager faces deception charges

The former manager of Kirk’s Market appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday on two charges of obtaining by deception.

One charge against Craig Austin Gaskill alleges that he obtained a pecuniary advantage totaling $509,975.50 by falsely representing that he had a master’s degree in business administration. The alleged obtaining was between March 11, 2013 and Nov. 5, 2015.

Gaskill, 44, is also charged with obtaining property by deception between April 6, 2014 and Nov. 5, 2015. Details of that charge are that he dishonestly obtained property to the sum of $34,315.54 by falsely representing that he was authorized to purchase the property with the use of a corporate credit card.

Defense attorney Alice Carver received disclosure papers from Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson. She asked Magistrate Valdis Foldats to have the matter come back on Thursday, Feb. 18 for a bail variation. In effect, she said, the defendant would like his passport returned.

The magistrate set the application for Thursday.