Woman ac­cused of fraud set to ap­pear in court next week

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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.

As­sault charge

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.

259 calls

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.

High speeds

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.

Ve­hi­cle stolen

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.

Dis­qual­i­fied

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.

Breach

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.

Boat sober

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.

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