A store supervisor who defrauded her employer of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to three months house arrest and probation.
“People have put faith in you and you’ve exploited that,” Judge Don Slough said during sentencing this week.
Karla Normandy Nychuk, 33, was sentenced after pleading guilty to fraud over $5,000.
The general manager of the Canadian Tire store on 18th Street called police on May 22.
The police investigation showed that Nychuk had made numerous fake returns during the previous six weeks.
She would use different customers’ names while performing the fraudulent returns and she’d take cash.
In total, she took $7,623 from the store during 14 fake transactions.
The fraud was detected by another employee who had noticed that a pet container had been returned for cash.
That was odd, because the store had only sold two of those items all year, but five had been returned.
Video surveillance footage placed Nychuk as the only employee present during those “returns,” but no returned product could be seen.
When confronted, Nychuk admitted to the fraud.
She was a supervisor at the store at the time, but the fraud put an end to her employment at Canadian Tire after 10 years.
Nychuk didn’t have a clear explanation for what she did. She told authorities she was under stress at the time and was on antidepressant medication and had been “zoning out.” She said she doesn’t remember the fraud.
Slough imposed a three-month conditional sentence order, which puts Nychuk under house arrest. That will be followed by one year of probation. She’s also been ordered to pay back Canadian Tire the money she took.
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