Fraud means jail
Judge gives intermittent sentence to allow payback in theft case
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.