Crown still mulling DPA file

The B.C. Prosecution Service is still considering charges in the Downtown Penticton Association "financial irregularities" investigation, months after the RCMP handed off the file.

Crown spokesman Dan McLaughlin confirmed to Castanet Tuesday that they are still processing the Report to Crown Counsel for Charge Assessment forwarded to them by RCMP in June, which recommended criminal charges.

“The assessment is ongoing.  We do not have a timeline for completion,” he said in an email.

“The BCPS makes every effort to conclude the charge assessment process in a timely fashion but there are a number of factors that determine how long the process takes,” McLaughlin continued. “These include the complexity of the investigation and the resulting evidence, the number of accused and further investigation undertaken by the enforcement agency.”

The BC Prosecution Service only presses charges if it believes a conviction is likely and it is in the public interest.

The DPA announced back in May 2017 that it had contacted the RCMP about “financial irregularities” discovered in their books ending July 2016 — around the same month previous executive director Kerri Milton left the organization.

At the time, Milton called the investigation “very disappointing” and said she kept herself at arms length from the DPA’s books, going as far as hiring an outside bookkeeper.

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