Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Charges laid in investigation into Lax Kw'alaams Academy book keeping
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