Woman charged in fundraiser theft pleads not guilty
A woman accused of taking funds from a fundraiser for a young man fighting cancer will be going to trial in February. Ashley Fredrickson was charged with theft under $5,000 and was scheduled for her first appearance in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, August 26. An agent appeared in court on behalf of Fredrickson and entered a not guilty plea. Her trial is scheduled for February 10, 2017.
Drumheller RCMP launched an investigation in June after receiving a complaint alleging a substantial amount of funds were missing from a silent auction held to benefit Brandon Hall, who is battling cancer.
On April 30 of this year the community raised over $20,000 in a poker run and silent auction to support Hall and his family for expenses incurred for his treatment, which included removing a tumor from the teenager's chest.