Jail sentence appropriate?
Sep 23, 2013 / 5:00 pm
The person accused of stealing money from a local high school’s band program has been spared jail, but must still serve a conditional sentence that will be followed by probation.
Elizabeth Sherwood, 48, was charged with theft over $5,000, uttering forged documents and Fraud over $5,000 earlier this year, when almost $23,000 was found missing from an account set up for Okanagan Mission Secondary.
She pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 in June and was sentenced to an eight-month conditional sentence, followed by 18 months of probation this morning at the Kelowna Courthouse.
Sherwood had been the former treasurer of an account maintained by parents outside of the school that supports the band program. A police investigation showed that 37 cheques had been forged between May 2010 and August 2011.
With a conditional sentence, Sherwood must follow certain rules in order to remain out of prison. If she breaches those conditions or re-offends, she must complete her sentence while in jail.
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