Fraud charges going to trial

Enough evidence was presented at a preliminary inquiry to move to trial on charges against a woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from an oilfield company.

Enough evidence was presented at a preliminary inquiry to move to trial on charges against a woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from an oilfield company.

Shelley Davidson, 38, of Cochrane was charged by Blackfalds RCMP of defrauding a Red Deer company of $1.2 million over a period of five years starting in the fall of 2006.

A one-day preliminary inquiry wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon. Inquiries are held to determine if a trial is warranted based on the strength of the Crown’s case. A publication ban protects evidence presented at inquiries.

Blackfalds RCMP charged Davidson in August 2013 with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000. They began an investigation in October 2012 into a complaint of a fraud at the company.

Davidson was employed by the company from 2006 to 2011 in a bookkeeping capacity.

Police believe financial documents were altered and money was stolen from the oilfield company.

Davidson will appear in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench for arraignment on Aug. 10, when a trial date should be set.