Maxville woman charged with $600,000 fraud
A 52-year-old Maxville woman has been charged with fraud after she allegedly misappropriated over $600,000 from her employer to try to cover up her mistakes that caused major money problems for the Glengarry Highland Games and the Kenyon Agricultural Society.
Kingston Police detectives arrested the woman March 11 following an investigation by the department’s fraud unit.
The accused has not been named, however, police did say that the woman has acted as a secretary-treasurer for two Maxville charities.
For the past several years the accused had worked as comptroller for a Kingston-based business, Cruickshank Construction.
During this time the accused sat on the boards of the two non-profit organizations.
“Due to errors on her part, both charities incurred huge debts while the accused acted as the secretary-treasurer,” Kingston Police said in a press release. “In an effort to keep the charities from falling into serious arrears the accused used her position as comptroller and began funneling money from her Kingston employer. Over the next three years the accused transferred just over $600,000 from the business into the bank accounts of both charities,” police say.
Rumours about irregularities have been circulating for several months, leading to speculation about the future of the Highland Games and the Maxville Fair. In December, the matter was reported to police. After the woman was arrested at her home in Maxville, she was transported to Kingston police headquarters where she was later released on a promise to appear in court on a date that has not been yet determined.