Thursday, September 3rd13.6°C

Hockey theft investigation

The Penticton RCMP said this week that they are taking a closer look at an alleged theft of thousands of dollars from the Penticton Minor Hockey Association.

Cpl. Martin Trudeau, who is heading up the investigation, said they recently received a copy of a forensic audit, completed by a professional auditor, requested by the association.

"Initially the investigation pointed to this one woman, who is now deceased, for fraud over $300,000 over a period of years, and originally we weren't going to do anything because it pointed to the one person who is deceased and criminally there was only one person who we could charge," he said.  "But following that we got this audit and are now looking at it further. We owe them the courtesy of looking into it, not just ignoring it."

There were also Crime Stoppers tips on the matter, Trudeau added.

According to a news release written by the association in early May, they fell victim to a sophisticated embezzlement scheme carried out by former treasurer Sandy Elder.

Elder served as the treasurer from 2001 until she died of cancer in July of 2013.

After Elder died, PMHA president Bruce Judd discovered signs of what appeared to be fraudulent activity.

Although initially skeptical of the evidence, Judd obtained the board's approval to retain Erik Lund of law firm Boyle & Company to investigate the matter.

The cornerstone of that inquiry was a full forensic investigation by chartered accountant and certified fraud examiner Cheryl Shearer of the firm Blair Mackay Mynett.

After the completion of her investigation, Shearer issued a report dated April 24, 2014 which prompted the police to look further into the matter.


Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.

Read more Penticton News


Recent Trending



Castanet pays for news tips. Email us a news tip, photo, or video and your name will be in a draw for our weekly news tip prize $25. Email us [email protected]


Penticton SPCA Featured Pet

Huggy Penticton SPCA >

South Okanagan Quick Links City of Penticton
Penticton Tourism
Penticton Transit
Okanagan Falls
Town of Oliver
Town of Osoyoos
Town of Keremeos
Interior Health
Okanagan College
Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
Penticton & Wine Country Chamber
Penticton Discussion Forum
District of Summerland
Summerland Chamber & Tourism
School District 67 - Okanagan Skaha
School District 53 - Okanagan Similkameen
Okanagan Regional Library
Township of Hedley

Member of BC Press Council