Woman charged with defrauding Central Okanagan Hospice Association jailed for another matter

Steen to return to court in January for Kelowna matter.

One of the women accused of defrauding the Central Okanagan Hospice Association has been sentenced to four months in jail and two years of probation for a similar crime in Nanaimo.

Court records indicate that Susan Maureen Steen, 71, was handed down the sentence Dec. 20 in a Nanaimo courtroom.

Steen pleaded guilty in April 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 the non-profit’s credit card. She was fired in June 2017, which was roughly six months after she was hired, for the discrepancy.

Steen and her former assistant Melanie Gray are also charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000 relating to missing money at the Central Okanagan Hospice Association and that matter is in court for January.

Court documents indicate Steen, on Sept. 12, 2012, 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.

Gray, according to court documents, is accused of stealing $69,000 between February 2013 and November 2015 by using the hospice’s credit card.

While Steen has not answered calls made to her, she hasn’t been inactive in the area.

“Susan has been volunteering with HOPE Okanagan since June 2017,” said Angie Lohr, with the Helping Out People Exploited outreach program.

“Susan did not, at any time, handle any finances or decision-making power for HOPE Okanagan. On Nov. 29, 2018, Susan stepped away from all volunteer positions in light of the charges that have been laid against her.”

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Lakestone community unveiled in Lake Country

Mayor Baker, MLA Norm Letnick and MP Stephen Fuhr joined in the ceremonial opening

Lake Country mayor says municipal fines are not high enough to make businesses comply

Recent commercial infractures shed light on the municipality’s bylaw insufficiencies

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Summer sun for Sunday

The forecast for the week ahead shows some rain but plenty of sun and warm tempertures.

Update: Structure fire reported in Kelowna industrial area put out

A structure fire was reported just after 3:30 p.m. off Sexsmith Road

Kelowna e-scooter company foils downtown robberies

OGO Scooters staff helped return stolen property three times in 1st week of operations

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

Water quality makes swimming unsafe at three beaches near Salmon Arm

The Adams Lake Indian Band has issued a water qulity notice affecting beaches at three campgrounds.

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Second osprey chick dies, Okanagan web cam off

The second chick in an osprey nest featured on the Town of Osoyoos website has died

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

Fire department helps with body recovery in Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Police on scene at Penticton beach

RCMP were at a what is believed to be a crime scene near Skaha Beach Sunday

Community service ordered for Princeton man who stole from firefighters

A young man who stole food and money from the Princeton Volunteer… Continue reading

Okanagan rainbow crosswalk defaced

Vandals cover colours with white paint in District of Coldstream sometime overnight Saturday

Most Read