A St. Albert man who was sentenced to house arrest for numerous counts of fraud has a past history of writing bad cheques and is wanted on three arrest warrants in Florida. Craig Archibald Ayers, 52, was handed a two-year conditional sentence order in St. Albert provincial court on Dec. 4 after pleading guilty to 28 counts related to a rental scam, including 16 victims who were promised the same townhouse. Before moving to St. Albert, Ayers lived in Florida where he was charged with several counts of writing bad cheques. In 2006 a warrant was issued for his arrest for one charge of fraudulent use of a credit card and one charge of theft under $300. In 2008 a warrant was issued for his arrest for two counts of grand theft in the third degree. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office the warrants are still outstanding. When he was sentenced in St. Albert court last week the court Ayers escaped jail time, largely because his crimes were seen to be out of character. His previous record from Florida was not presented in court. Along with his arrest warrants, Ayers faced other charges while he lived in Florida. In 2000, Ayers was charged with three counts of obtaining property using a worthless cheque. In one instance where he was charged with writing a bad cheque he was ordered to pay $4,500 in restitution to the victim. In Alberta, Ayers only has one charge on his record. In 2013 Ayers committed theft over $5,000. In February 2015 Ayers was handed a suspended sentence with two years of probation and he was ordered to pay $8,500 in restitution. After court, prosecutor Damien Rogers said that the sentence was agreed upon because of the poor mental state of Ayers when the offences were committed along with Ayers having a very limited criminal record before the 2016 frauds. The first eight months of the St. Albert sentence he was handed on Dec. 4 will involve house arrest. After that Ayers will have to abide by a strict curfew. As part of his sentence Ayers will have to pay back $30,000 in restitution to his victims over the next three years.