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Fraud brings sour note to band program

A Kelowna woman has been charged with theft, fraud and uttering forged documents after nearly $23,000 went missing from the Okanagan Mission Secondary School Band Parents’ Program fundraising account in 2010/11.

Elizabeth Sherwood, 47, has been charged with theft over $5000, Utter forged document and Fraud over $5000. 

Kelowna RCMP received a report on Feb. 15, 2012 that money was missing from an account that parents maintained outside the school to support the band program. When staff reviewed the account, it showed unauthorized activity and they called police.

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 was identified as a suspect early in the course of the investigation.

Sherwood is scheduled to appear in court on May 12.

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