A woman who stole thousands of dollars from a city residents association and fed it all into VLTs has been placed on house arrest and banned from gambling.
Judy Lynn Hont was sentenced on Thursday and court heard how she took the money while treasurer of the Princess Park and Towers Residents Association.
Those two buildings, on the 200-blocks of Eighth and Ninth streets, are run by Manitoba Housing.
Hont lived in one of the buildings, and sometime between Sept. 10-12, 2013, she wrote herself an association cheque for $6,000 without board approval. The funds were supposed to be used for monthly coffee items and canteen costs for the association.
Property managers for Manitoba Housing confronted Hont with the bank statement that showed the cheque withdrawal, and a copy of the cheque made out to her.
Hont confessed that the money was used to play VLTs, and there was none left. The property managers then reported the matter to police and Hont was charged with fraud over $5,000.
Hont, who lives on disability benefits, had feared she was going to be evicted from her apartment that was designed to accommodate her disability — she has fibromyalgia and appeared in court with a walker — and she was going to use the money to find another place to live.
However, she’d fed all the money into VLTs in an attempt to double her money. Defence lawyer Bob Harrison said his client did that in an attempt to pay the money back.
Hont has since undergone treatment for her gambling addiction.
The 54-year-old was sentenced to nine months house arrest followed by one year of probation. While on house arrest and probation, she’s not to gamble. She was also ordered to pay back the $6,000.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 25, 2014