Fraud means jail

Judge gives in­ter­mit­tent sen­tence to al­low pay­back in theft case

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - rross@the­ twit­­r­ross

A Hamp­shire woman, who started steal­ing money from her em­ployer soon af­ter she be­gan her job, was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to 75 days in jail.

Cheyanna Jean Kne­abone, 24, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town for sen­tenc­ing af­ter plead­ing guilty to de­fraud­ing her for­mer em­ployer of $3,761.30.

The court heard Kne­abone was work­ing for a con­struc­tion com­pany in 2015 when she started ma­nip­u­lat­ing book­keep­ing soft­ware and forg­ing cheques.

She was there three months and be­gan tak­ing the money soon af­ter she started the job.

Be­fore hand­ing down a sen­tence, Orr said a pre-sen­tence re­port pre­pared in the case was one of the most trou­bling she had read in a long time.

It in­cluded a men­tion of Kne­abone telling peo­ple her daugh­ter was sick with ill­nesses she didn’t have.

Orr said there were is­sues of trust that re­lated di­rectly to Kne­abone’s theft from her em­ployer.

Peo­ple should be able to trust em­ploy­ees not to steal, Orr said.

Kne­abone will serve the jail time on an in­ter­mit­tent ba­sis so she can keep her job and pay resti­tu­tion.

She will also be on pro­ba­tion for three years.

Orr or­dered Kne­abone to pay $3,761.30 in resti­tu­tion and fined her $100 for fail­ing to at­tend court on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion.

The fine car­ries with it a $30 vic­tim sur­charge and Kne­abone will have to pay an­other $200 sur­charge for the fraud.

Kne­abone will also have to write her for­mer em­ployer an apol­ogy let­ter.

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