Steals ID to buy house, woman only get 15 months probation

Leanora Brown, who says her life, and her credit, have been ruined after a family friend took her...

Leanora Brown, who says her life, and her credit, have been ruined after a family friend took her for nearly $300,000, is seen at her condo in Toronto on Monday, January 27, 2014. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:49 PM ET

TORONTO -- A Catholic school teacher is outraged by the sentence -- 15 months probation -- imposed on a woman who admitted stealing her identity to secure a $294,000 mortgage.

"The laws in this country are too lax," Leanora Brown told QMI Agency. "I feel totally degraded as a Canadian. Forty-one years I've worked in this country."

Deborah Longmore was sentenced to 15 months probation last week after pleading guilty in November to committing fraud over $5,000.

Court heard that Longmore used her former friend's identity to secretly take out a $294,000 mortgage in December 2009 to buy a home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

"She didn't lose anything," Brown said. "She's living in the house that she stole."


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