Sylvan Lake woman allegedly took $500,000 from employer

Police continue to investigate

Rimbey RCMP have laid charges against a Sylvan Lake resident following a lengthy investigation allegedly involving fraud over $500,000.

RCMP said on July 24, Rimbey RCMP were made aware that a local business believed that one of its employees was taking cash from the business account. An investigation was immediately launched.

On Aug. 30, the suspect turned herself in and was arrested by the RCMP.

Police allege the fraudulent activity started as early as February 2017.

Police said the investigation is complex and officers continue to work to obtain information from various financial institutions.

Laurie May Watts, 55, was charged with theft over $5,000, use of credit card data, forging a document and uttering a forged document.

Watts appeared in Rimbey provincial court on Friday and is scheduled for her next court appearance on March 6.



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