No in­car­cer­a­tion for Har­bour Grace’s for­mer town man­ager

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

Har­bour Grace’s for­mer town man­ager will not be in­car­cer­ated for tak­ing over $10,000 from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Lisa Char­maine Car­roll — also known as Lisa Pike — pleaded guilty Thurs­day to breach of public trust and theft over $5,000. The Crown agreed to con­di­tion­ally with­draw a se­cond theft-re­lated charge.

Judge Jacqueline Brazil gave Car­roll a sus­pended sen­tence and 12 months pro­ba­tion. The 48-year-old woman wept out­side the court­room im­me­di­ately af­ter the judge an­nounced her de­ci­sion.

Crown prose­cu­tor Natalie Payne was look­ing for a three­month con­di­tional sen­tence, not­ing Car­roll was in a po­si­tion of trust and her ac­tions im­pacted the com­mu­nity. She said a mes­sage needs to be sent that such ac­tions are not tol­er­ated and high­lighted the fact these ad­min­is­tra­tive crimes are no­tice­ably com­mon­place in New­found­land and Labrador.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts, Pike kept the cash from four bank de­posits she was sup­posed to make for the town be­tween De­cem­ber 2015 and Jan­uary 2016. That fig­ure ex­ceeded $10,400.

Brazil felt the mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors in this case were sig­nif­i­cant. As soon as the town con­fronted her, Car­roll ad­mit­ted guilt and said she would pay the town back. She also ad­mit­ted guilt to po­lice and paid back the cash owed to the town im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing her ar­rest in early Fe­bru­ary. Car­roll did not have a crim­i­nal record.

A town em­ployee no­ticed those de­posits were miss­ing in mid-Jan­uary and con­tacted the town’s ac­coun­tant, who ver­i­fied some­thing was amiss. That em­ployee then filled in Mayor Terry Barnes, who ar­ranged a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing to con­front Car­roll. She started work­ing for the town in May 2014 and re­signed at the spe­cial meet­ing in Jan­uary.

Ap­par­ently, this was not the first time an issue with Car­roll’s han­dling of bank de­posits was no­ticed. The agreed state­ment of facts noted in June of last year two bank de­posits were found to be miss­ing. Car­roll agreed to cover the amount that’s was miss­ing, but denied tak­ing the money. Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts, the town did not con­tact po­lice about those bank de­posits.

When po­lice first ques­tioned her, Car­roll said she started tak­ing those de­posits in De­cem­ber to cover what was owed to the town for the miss­ing de­posits from June. She has paid off that debt. De­fence lawyer Rosellen Sul­li­van em­pha­sized her client paid that debt solely out of ac­knowl­edged re­spon­si­bil­ity as the town man­ager to look af­ter such de­posits.

A resti­tu­tion or­der is also in ef­fect for credit card pur­chases Car­roll made that did not fall un­der town busi­ness. She has three months to pay the town $748 and 30 days to look af­ter a $400 vic­tim fine sur­charge.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Lisa Car­roll re­ceived a sus­pended sen­tence last week at pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace.

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