Former bookkeeper admits theft

A judge admitted on Monday that she has a difficult decision to make today in sentencing a woman who stole money from her employer but now is the sole caregiver of a foster child and her own children.

A judge admitted on Monday that she has a difficult decision to make today in sentencing a woman who stole money from her employer but now is the sole caregiver of a foster child and her own children.

Dorothy Amelia Leiman, 49, pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud of more than $5,000 when she appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench.

Crown prosecutor Maurice Collard told Justice Doreen Sulyma that Leiman stole about $21,300 from Lambourne Environment Ltd. of Red Deer County between Feb. 12 and Dec. 31, 2008.

Collard said Leiman, a single mother, was the small company’s bookkeeper to start in April 2005 but gained more responsibilities and was given a company credit card in her name.

Collard said the woman made personal purchases on the card but then had to “cook the books” in order to make it appear things were running smoothly when she couldn’t repay the purchases.

He said she bought appliances, personal car repairs, minor hockey registrations, camps for children, tires, a dentist bill and tuition for schooling to improve her foster care abilities.

Court heard the accused has one foster child and hoped to get another in addition to taking care of her own two children.

Collard said Lambourne, which employs nine full-time people, wants the money back through a restitution order.

However, Leiman can’t use foster care money she gets from the province to pay off personal debts.

“White collar crime has had major impact on our society,” said Collard, who noted the federal government wants to introduce legislation to enhance penalties for white collar criminals.

He said the court should consider a jail term and restitution but could also consider a community-based sentence and probation.

Defence lawyer Jim MacSween said a jail term would punish the children more than Leiman.

Sulyma asked when would the woman get the money.

“This is like trying to get blood from a stone,” the judge said.

She also agreed going to jail wouldn’t help with restitution.

Just Posted

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. — Who’s minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it… Continue reading

Precision Drilling reports first-quarter profit, revenue up from year ago

CALGARY — Precision Drilling Corp. says it earned a profit in its… Continue reading

Federal government offers provinces 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

VANCOUVER — The federal government will split funding for bus service on… Continue reading

Manitoba files separate court action over federal carbon tax, seeks review

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has filed its own court challenge of… Continue reading

Bishop now the Stars goalie trying to beat Blues in playoffs

Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being… Continue reading

Nashville gets its chance to step up for NFL draft

NASHVILLE — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as… Continue reading

The Cranberries, still in mourning, return for the last time

NEW YORK — Whether or not there would be a final Cranberries’… Continue reading

Dance studio owner in dispute with Burton Cummings fined for noise ticket

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The owner of a dance fitness studio who… Continue reading

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too… Continue reading

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and… Continue reading

Most Read