The former office manager of the Thompson Home Hardware faces nearly 100 fraud-related charges after an audit uncovered $1.5 million in money missing from the company.
The woman, who had relocated to St. John’s, N.L., has been arrested and is in custody in Winnipeg awaiting a court appearance.
The investigation began in 2009, when Thompson RCMP were contacted with suspicions that an employee had been stealing from the local Home Hardware Building Centre.
Over the course of the next several months, a forensic audit was completed that confirmed the owner's suspicions.
An extensive investigation followed, which included the Manitoba RCMP’s Financial Integrity Unit and Major Crime Services as well as the St. John’s RCMP Commercial Crime Unit in Newfoundland.
They found that about $1.5 million had gone missing from the company between 2004 and 2009, through various fraudulent means.
Theresa Foley, 43, who had been an office manager of the store at the time, was arrested on March 21 in St. John’s on a Canada-wide warrant and has been returned to Manitoba.
She faces a total of 98 fraud-related charges including fraud both over and under $5,000, theft over $5,000 and numerous counts of uttering forged documents and falsifying documents.
Foley is scheduled to appear in court on April 5.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 29, 2012