Former town manager charged with fraud in Placentia
A long-time employee with the Town of Placentia is facing a slew of fraud and forgery charges.
Margaret Ann Hatfield is facing 20 counts of fraud and four counts of forgery following an RCMP investigation. Placentia Mayor Wayne D. Power confirmed it was the town that made a complaint to police almost a year ago. He told The Compass Hatfield is no longer employed with the town.
“We’ve done our own investigation into this and have been assisting the RCMP with their investigation, and all informa- tion will come out in the court as the legal process proceeds,” Power said last Thursday.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Hatfield started working for the town in 1976 and most recently served as the manager of town affairs. She is also a former tourism and heritage director for the town and has been active with a variety of community groups as a volunteer over the years.
Hatfield last attended a council meeting Oct. 21, 2014. At the next meeting the following month, she was listed as absent due to illness. Her name has not been mentioned in council minutes since then.
Power would not confirm whether the case relates to mis- appropriated town funds or what period of time the charges span.
“We uncovered this, we did our due diligence throughout the process, and we turned it over (to police) like we would with any case,” he said. “What had to be done is what had to be done.”
Placentia RCMP told The Compass last week it would release details about the case at a later date. Hatfield’s first court appearance in Placentia is March 9, 2016.
We uncovered this, we did our due diligence throughout the process, and we turned it over (to police) like we would with any case. Mayor Wayne D. Power