Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Charges laid in investigation into Lax Kw'alaams Academy book keeping

Something didn't look right when the principal went over the books and now the courts will decide the extent of any wrongdoing, if any, took place over the course of two years at Lax Kw'alaams Academy.

Three RCMP investigators worked on the case of an alleged payroll scam at Lax Kw'alaams Academy, the result of their efforts being a report forwarded to the Provincial Crown Council, which recommended criminal charges against a former employee of the independent school in the community.

Nicole Wesley, also known as Nicole Tait, turned herself over to authorities last year upon learning of their interest in her time at the Academy from August 2006 to October 2008.

The investigation which also relied on assistance from the RCMP's E Division offices, led to the charging of Ms. Wesley with the alleged fraud over 5,000 dollars, with the amount of 180,000 dollars reported as unaccounted for in the Academy's bookkeeping.

It's a sizeable amount of money for the school which serves 130 students in the community from grades K to 10 and has understandably left many in the community upset and angry with the situation.

 The accused will make her first court appearance next month. Both the Northern View and The Vancouver Province were first out with the details posted to their websites on Tuesday.
The Northern View-- Former B.C. school bookkeeper charged with fraud
The Vancouver Province-- Ex-bookkeeper at native school charged with fraud over $5,000


Anonymous said...

I sure hope that justice is served on this as the people of Port Simpson and especially the children that depended on the funds were stolen from them..and most importantly their education was taken from them as they depended on the funds for such events as field trips and school supplies.

Anonymous said...

That is so true , just out of curiosity is their not somebody that is to sign for significant amount funds that are to be distributed out like that?
I hope that everybody is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anonymous said...

AND HER HUSBAND LET THIS GO ON AND ON WHAT A SHAME JUSTICE SHOULD BE SERVED TO THE FULLEST the school children had to suffer for her and her family to live a little better then others .

Anonymous said...

Sentencing was to be yesterday Mar 16/15

Anonymous said...

Charges WERE A JOKE!!! $180,000 uncounted for and she gets next to nothing!! Living in a home built on school $$$$ while the mayor was there to support her! Yup that's our mayor caring for his community!!!

Anonymous said...

No one knew what she was doing, not even her husband
She had the signees sign blank checks, said they were for school emergencies
She manipulated everyone and is blaming them for her stealing

Anonymous said...

pretty darn sad. if nothing is done is only teaching her children and others to steal. what a role model she is.

Andromeda said...

I wonder why there not doing this to other surrounding villages. Like for instance ones that are actually stealing thousands of dollars to take fun trips at least every few months. And ones who forge and buy their families houses and cars from a bands dollars.. Turning away members when they want to make a difference for themselves and go to school. Meanwhile a few selected family members from a council member actually fund these particular people for online courses. Oh my god! Lol at least our band doesn't do this. They actually do what they can to make sure we succeed in school! We actually see things from our band. Meanwhile other villages aren't half as lucky!