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Hockey association scandal

The Penticton and District Minor Hockey Association has filed a notice of claim in Supreme Court in Penticton against the estate of their former treasurer.

Sandra Elder, who died of cancer in 2013, is accused of embezzling $315,650 from the PMHA. She is listed in the claim, along with family members and John Does.

According to the lawsuit, Elder in her capacity as treasurer wrongfully took, converted and embezzled the money between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2013. She allegedly also took funds in an unknown amount between 2001 and April, 2010.

It further states she fraudulently misrepresented facts to the plaintiff by overstating charges and accounts, understating income, creating ficticious charges, vendors and invoices and altering cheques payable to others into her own name.

She then allegedly transferred the funds or a portion thereof to the other defendants for their use, benefit and enjoyment in the form of money, goods, services and support.

The PMHA is seeking restitution in the sum of $314,650, or a greater amount if proven, from the defendants, along with other relief.

There have not been any court appearances on the matter.

The Penticton RCMP also recently said they are taking a closer look at the alleged theft, after receiving a copy of a forensic audit, completed by a professional auditor, that was requested by the association.

There were also Crime Stoppers tips on the matter, according to Cpl. Martin Trudeau.

In early May, the association issued a news release, stating they fell victim to a sophisticated embezzelment scheme carried out by the former treasurer.

Since then, there has been a community response on the allegations, including letters to the editor of the local newspaper, coming to the defence of Elder.




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