60-day jail sentence for fraud and forgery by former executive director of Elizabeth Fry Society

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Dartmouth (November 5, 2019) – The former executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, Tammy Gloade, received a 60-day jail sentence for fraud and forgery from Dartmouth provincial court. She defrauded the charity, she was working for, out of nearly $10,000 between December 2015 and March 2017. The woman of Mi’kmaw ancestry pleaded guilty for misappropriating funds and forging checks as well as other documents.

Nova Scotia provincial court Judge Frank Hoskins sentenced Tammy Gloade, the former executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia for defrauding her then employer out of nearly $10,000. After the charity discovered evidence of Gloade’s fraudulent activity, she was fired in March 2017.

Gloade misappropriated funds and forged checks as well as other documents while she was working for the non-profit organization and took it for herself. Between December 2015 and March 2017, the 53-year-old of Dartmouth fraudulently obtained a total of $9,933.70 from the charity. The Elizabeth Fry Society is a non-profit, charitable organization that engages with vulnerable women and girls to foster reintegration, rehabilitation, personal empowerment, and addresses the root causes of criminalization. The organization is funded by the government and community donations.

In July 2017, Gloade was arrested and charged with 31 fraud-related offenses. To one charge of fraud over $5,000 and one forgery charge, Gloade pleaded guilty in May 2018. Finally, in August 2019, she has been sentenced to 60 days in jail in Dartmouth provincial court. She is serving the sentence intermittent on the weekends at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. Furthermore, she is on a three-year probation. Additionally, Judge Hoskins ordered her to make restitution to the Elizabeth Fry Society. The Judge’s written decision was issued this week.

In his decision, Judge Hoskins explains that Gloade was entitled a Gladue report due to her Mi’kmaw ancestry even though she is currently non-status under the Indian Act. The Gladue report helps to clarify the background of Indigenous offenders’ personal histories that is to be considered in sentencing.

Gloade is currently reconnecting with her specific aboriginal heritage and is employed at Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat. Her employer is aware of the charges. Her supervisor reported that Ms. Gloade has successfully completed her probationary term and is doing well in her position.