Guilty plea from one woman accused of stealing from Central Okanagan Hospice Association

A woman accused of bilking the hospice association of thousands of dollars made a court appearance.

Guilty plea from one woman accused of stealing from Central Okanagan Hospice Association

One of the women accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Central Okanagan Hospice Association has pleaded guilty.

Melanie Gray, who COHA alleged stole $69,043 between February 2013 and November 2015 by using the association’s credit card made a brief appearance in a Kamloops courtroom Feb. 19, where she pleaded guilty to the charge of theft over $5,000. She is scheduled for a final decision on the case March. 5.

Her co-accused Susan Steen, 71, is scheduled to plead guilty to similar charges in May, she had previously been scheduled to enter a guilty plea at a Vancouver courtroom last week, but the matter was deferred.

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Court documents indicate that on Sept. 12, 2012, Steen allegedly defrauded COHA of $71 by making a false claim for a cellphone expense. She is also accused of stealing upward of $109,000 from COHA between July 2012 and April 2016, by using the hospice’s credit card.

Steen was also sentenced to four months in jail and two years of probation for a similar crime in Nanaimo last month. .

Steen pleaded guilty in April 2018 to a charge of fraud and theft, stemming from a complaint by the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, where she had been employed as an executive director.

Steen had allegedly misused $6,000 from that non-profit’s credit card. She was fired in June 2017, which was roughly six months after she was hired, for the discrepancy.

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