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DPA probe: charges 'close'

The Penticton RCMP said they are "close" to requesting charges in relation to "financial irregularities" at the Downtown Penticton Association, more than a year and a half into the investigation.

The DPA discovered "irregularities" in its financial statements in September of 2016. The association handed over the investigation to the Penticton RCMP two months later.

"There's hundreds of tasks to do... It was never put on the shelf, it's just a matter of bringing it before the courts," RCMP Supt. Ted de Jager said.

"The next step in that, once our investigation is concluded, is to bring it to Crown... It's a big, big file. So it's going to take Crown some time to do the charge approval."

De Jager added it could take months before charges are approved in the case.

The irregularities occurred until July 2016, and were confirmed by a forensic auditor last year.

Kerri Milton, the DPA's former executive director who left in the same month that the irregularities last occurred, said in May 2017 that the investigation is "disappointing," saying she put measures in place to keep her at arms length from the books.

The DPA supports local businesses and promote the downtown area and its events, and has about 600 members.

Current executive director Lynn Allin assured that none of the DPA's services, programs or finances affected by the investigation.



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