Mom alleged to have stolen from school PAC at Okanagan Mission Secondary School

A mother allegedly embezzled funds from OKM secondary school's parent advisory council

  • Feb. 1, 2013 8:00 p.m.

A 47-year-old Kelowna woman has been charged with theft, fraud and forging documents after nearly $23,000 went missing from the Okanagan Mission Secondary school band parents’ program fundraising account in 2010/11.

School staff noticed the money had gone missing when efforts to review the fund turned up unauthorized activity in the account.

The discrepancy prompted a call to police on Feb. 15, 2012, and the investigation revealed that 37 cheques had been forged between May 2010 and August 2011 with a total loss of $22,894.12 from the account.

The former treasurer of the band parents’ program fundraising account, Elizabeth Sherwood, was identified as a suspect early in the course of the investigation.

She has been charged with theft over $5000, forging documents and fraud over $5000. She is scheduled to appear in Court on May 12th, 2013.

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