Guilty plea en­tered in Deb­o­rah Penney fraud case

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

The case in­volv­ing a Car­bon­ear woman charged with de­fraud­ing her em­ployer is ap­proach­ing its res­o­lu­tion.

Deb­o­rah Jean Penney, 56, is charged with fraud over $5,000, fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments, forgery and ut­ter­ing forged doc­u­ments.

At pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace Wed­nes­day, de­fence lawyer Ellen O’Gor­man en­tered in a guilty plea on the fraud over $5,000 charge. O’Gor­man ap­peared on be­half of Penney’s lawyer Erin Breen. Penney was not present in the court­room. There were no pleas en­tered on the other three counts that Penney is charged with. It is ex­pected they’ll be dealt with when the case is next heard on Sept. 15

In the mean­time, a pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port will be pre­pared and pre­sented in the fall.

Penney was ar­rested last spring fol­low­ing a nine-month in­vesti­gation. The charges span a four-year pe­riod that ended in 2014.

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