A Kamloops homeowner was ripped off after letting a woman she’d never met rent a room and look after her kennel business.
That woman, Tamlyn Hook — who has two prior fraud convictions — pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property.
Crown prosecutor Jenny Reid said the dog kennel operator was away for three weeks at a time to work in northern Alberta. During that time, she arranged for Hook to run her kennel business and rent a room in her house.
“None of it was done in person,” the prosecutor said.
Hook lived at the house between October and December 2011.
Hook admitted to taking $300 from the kennel business. Her lawyer, Fred Kaatz, said Hook took the money believing it was owed to her for wages.
“She had no right to do that,” he acknowledged.
The other charge relates to Hook accompanying another person in the house to a pawn shop, where an air rifle and jewelry were sold. The items were eventually recovered by RCMP.
Kaatz said Hook was originally trained as a legal secretary and most recently worked as a care aide and ranch hand. She has struggled with cocaine addiction but has been drug-free for three years.
“This was wilful blindness — taking money she had no right to take,” Kaatz said.
The 45-year-old woman has serious health problems that don’t allow her to be among crowds for fear of infection.
Judge Roy Dickey sentenced Hook to a three-month conditional sentence order. She will be under house arrest during that period.