A bookkeeper who admitted unauthorized withdrawals totalling $2,000 from a trucking company pleaded guilty to fraud in provincial court Thursday.
Lynn Stalzer was hired by Trick Transport in 2011 to do the books for the company, including managing a new software system. She left the company in 2012, moving to a new employer following a sick leave.
Crown lawyer Chris Balison said a subsequent review of the books by a new bookkeeper found suspicious transactions. An examination by investigators found withdrawals of $1,500 and $500 that were not authorized and transferred directly to Stalzer.
Defence lawyer Rachel Lammers said Stalzer intended to pay back the amounts but failed to do so after she left for another job. She recently declared bankruptcy after her husband was out of work for a year.
“Her present employer is well aware of the charges,” Lammers said. “They’re supportive of her and her family.”
Provincial court judge Chris Cleaveley agreed to a joint submission from the Crown and defence for a three-month conditional sentence order, including an evening curfew for the first 30 days.
Stalzer must also pay back $2,000 to her former employer.