Woman accused of fraud set to appear in court next week
A Maxville woman is set to appear in Kingston court next week to face charges she allegedly defrauded her employer of $600,000 to cover up costly errors she made when she was treasurer of two prominent Maxville non-profit organizations.
Julie Robertson, 52, also faces charges stemming for another incident involving a local charity earlier this year.
She was first arrested March 11 by Kingston police following an investigation into allegations she misappropriated funds when she worked as comptroller for a Kingston-based business, Cruickshank Construction.
During this time the accused sat on the boards of the Glengarry Highland Games and of the Kenyon Agricultural Society.
“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.
Ms. Robertson is to appear in Kingston court May 24 to answer to those charges.
Meanwhile, she had been arrested again, on April 13, when the Stormont- Dundas- Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a January 8 report of suspicious activity at a charitable organization in North Glengarry.
The investigation indicated that a woman female had forged cheques and documents in order to obtain funds.
Her next court appearance in this case is scheduled for June 6 in Alexandria court.
Both the Highland Games organizers and Kenyon Agricultural Society volunteers, who stage the Maxville Fair, say they recovered from the money problems created by the alleged fraud.
The 130th edition of the Maxville Fair will take place June 22-24 while the Highland Games will be held August 3 and 4.
A 32-year-old North Glengarry man has been charged with two counts of assault after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a May 16 report of a domestic dispute at a residence on Bishop Street in Alexandria.
The investigation indicated that during an altercation, a man had threatened and assaulted his girlfriend.
The man was charged with assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.
His name is being withheld in order to protect the identity of the victim.
Impaired driving charges
A 67-year-old South Glengarry man was charged with impaired driving May 11 when officers from the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment were conducting a traffic stop on County Road 34.
Brian McCuaig is scheduled to appear in Alexandria court June 6.
Alexander Robertson, 69, of North Glengarry, is to appear in Morrisburg court June 6 to answer charge of impaired driving. He was arrested by police May 13 on County Road 43 in North Dundas.
A May 12 stop on Highway 401 in South Glengarry resulted in Ian Thomas, 31, of Akwesasne, being charged with impaired driving. He is to appear in court in Cornwall May 29.
The detachment responded to 259 calls between May 10 and 14.
The total included two sexual assaults, 11 motor vehicle collisions, 33 traffic complaints, three frauds, six assaults, seven thefts, three burglaries.
Officers flagged down several speeding motorists May 10 to 13, impounding vehicles and suspending drivers’ permits for seven days.
May 10, a South Glengarry man was caught travelling at 132 kilometres per hour on Paragon Road, where the limit is 60.
May 11, a man was charged with stunt driving after being clocked at 137 on County Road 20 in North Glengarry, where the limit is 80. May 12, a speeder was travelling at 135 on County Road 25 in South Glengarry.
May 16, in South Glengarry, a 27-year-old man from South Glengarry was stopped when he was travelling at 159 on Highway 401.
The Cornwall Community Police Service charged a 16-year-old Green Valley youth and a 17-yearold Cornwall youth with theft of a motor vehicle April 26.
Police located the suspects the following day, at which time the 16-year-old – who was also later charged with breach of an undertaking for failing to keep the peace – was found to be in possession of a stolen set of keys.
Cornwall police charged Stephane Leclair, 43, of Glen Walter, with driving while disqualified following a traffic stop May 2.
Mr. Leclair is scheduled to ap- pear in court June 5.
Cornwall Police charged a 16year-old North Lancaster youth with breach of a recognizance May 2 after he allegedly attended the workplace of an individual and was within 100 metres of the person – both violations of their previous conditions of release.
Alcohol and drug abuse are targeted during North American Safe Boating Awareness Week, which wraps up May 25. The legalization of recreational marijuana and the rise in prescription narcotic use are prime concerns as boaters eagerly prepare to launch their crafts after a long winter. Alcohol alone contributes to 40 per cent of the 100 boating fatalities that occur across Canada every year.
The goal of the week is to continue to bring those numbers down by ensuring that Canadians who head out in any type of boat have the appropriate knowledge to help them have a safe day on the water.
The timing of the week, starting on the May long weekend, is perfectly aligned with the unofficial start of summer and a time when many boating fatalities occur.