Judge goes easy on admitted X-ray thief

Aug. 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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OTTAWA, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian judge gave a conditional sentence to an Ottawa man who confessed to stealing thousands of medical X-rays for their silver content.

Billy Demitro, 37, was given a 3-month conditional sentence Wednesday and ordered to serve two months house arrest and 18 months on probation, the Ottawa Sun reported.

He pleaded guilty to fraud, theft and attempted theft in March after prosecutors said he had illegally gathered as many as 60,000 X-rays from more than a dozen locations in and round Ottawa.

The films contained about $13,000 worth of silver, the Sun said.

Before sentencing, Demitro's defense lawyer told the judge his client has no previous criminal record and had no intention of misusing personal medical information.

Demitro also reportedly cooperated with police fully, sparing a much lengthier investigation.

He was arrested in February while posing as an employee of an environmental waste collector. Staff at the medical facility demanded identification and he fled in a truck, but was later caught south of the city, the report said.

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