She's been described as a career criminal, with a long history of lying, cheating and stealing.
Now, Jane Elizabeth Moore — dubbed the "queen of cons" by one of her victims — has been officially sentenced in Court of Queen's Bench in Calgary to 457 days in custody.
However, because of credit for time served, she was able to walk away from the courthouse Thursday without having to spend any more time in jail.
Instead, she'll be on probation for the next nine months, and must also pay back $40,000 to five victims.
Moore was initially charged with 399 counts of theft and fraud involving more than $350,000.
In mid-September, she pleaded guilty to just one offence, a charge of fraud over $5,000. She admitted that, in her latest plot, she told people she was about to inherit more than $36 million from a wealthy Calgary family.
According to one man, Moore claimed she was waiting for a $36.8-million inheritance from the family of the late Daryl (Doc) Seaman, a former owner of the Calgary Flames who died in 2009.
She convinced her victims in the Strathmore area to hand over what the Crown said was hundreds of thousands of dollars over an 18-month period in 2016 and 2017, under the premise that it would all be paid back as soon as she received her windfall.
Several of the alleged victims say they were too embarrassed and ashamed to speak publicly about falling prey to Moore's scheme.
One of the victims, Maxine Bartelen, read three victim impact statements to the court, including her own.
She turned directly to Moore, who was sitting in the prisoner's box.
"You knowingly played out your well-established fraud game until we finally had to admit to ourselves that you are a lying, selfish, poor example of a human being, a complete detriment to society," said Bartelen.
"You are the queen of cons."
Justice Barbara Johnston said she found Moore's actions "reprehensible" and the impact on her victims "profound."
Moore has been in and out of courtrooms in Calgary, Okotoks and Strathmore for years.
Her first conviction was registered in 2003. She was given a suspended sentence and put on probation for two years for fraud, uttering a forged document, failing to attend court and breaching a court order.
There have been at least 100 more convictions since then, most involving fraud, uttering forged documents, fraudulent use of credit cards and theft.
Bryan Labby is an enterprise reporter with CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @CBCBryan.