Maxville woman charged with $600,000 fraud

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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.

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