No incarceration for Harbour Grace’s former town manager
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.
Lisa Carroll received a suspended sentence last week at provincial court in Harbour Grace.