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Ontario bookkeeper guilty of fraud, may do hard time

A 59-year-old female bookkeeper from Windsor may be doing hard time in prison after being convicted of embezzling almost $1 million from her former employer. The crime took place between 2012 and 2015. After an investigation, the Ontario woman's employer found she had bilked two sister companies out of $273,000 and $685,000. She was formally charged with two counts of fraud and one count of passing forged documents.

Apparently, the woman stole the money to fuel her gambling addiction, the court was told. Her lawyer asked the court to consider house arrest for the woman, who cares for her terminally ill husband, but the Crown argued that since she perpetrated the crime over such a long period of time, that she should spend time behind bars. The Crown asked for a 2.5 to three-year sentence. The accused has no criminal record.

Ontario embezzlement and fraud cases have been both large and small in the past. Some cases have resulted in jail time, while others who were convicted were given house arrest. A judge will more than likely look at the extenuating circumstances in each case.

Being charged with fraud can be terrifying. An Ontario lawyer may be able to review the evidence in each particular case and advise his or her client on how to best aggressively fight the charge. A lawyer may be able to work with the Crown to lessen the sentence, whether that be probation or having the charge dismissed altogether. Whatever the case, a lawyer can provide his or her client with advice and ongoing support, so the client can make decisions about the next steps in his or her defense.

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