For­mer town man­ager charged with fraud in Pla­cen­tia

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@CBN­com­pass.ca

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

Mar­garet Hat­field

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