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Charity’s director of finance almost drove ‘New Visions Toronto’ into bankruptcy

Update (October 24, 2019)
Marcia Motayne has been sentenced to six years and six months in prison on October 23 by Superior Court Judge Michael Quigley.

Toronto (September 23, 2019) – New Visions Toronto’s former director of finance defrauded the charity of $904,784 within three years. Marcia Motayne’s payroll scam forced New Visions Toronto to make major cutbacks for their clients’ care and almost drove it into bankruptcy. The former bookkeeper was found guilty by a jury in June and awaits her sentencing on October 15.

New Visions Toronto narrowly escaped bankruptcy after their fraudulent former bookkeeper, Marcia Motayne, paid herself $904,784 additionally to her salary, between 2012 and 2015. The woman from Ajax has been the charity’s director of finance and has been in charge of their payroll.

Each payday, she cashed out not only her own salary, but also issued wages to employees who were not supposed to be paid directing the money to six different bank accounts in her name. That way, she earned not only $85,000 a year, also an extra of up to $20,000 every payday using as many as four employee numbers. Her scheme was discovered by an outside auditor, while she was on sick leave.

She funded a new SUV from Lincoln and three tickets to the Soccer World Cup in Brazil for her two sons and herself, among other personal expenses. Her former employer New Visions Toronto, on the other hand, was almost driven into bankruptcy by her fraudulent conduct.

The ‘non-profit charitable organization that provides housing, care and support for more than 50 children, adolescents and adults with complex developmental and physical disabilities’, according to their website, had to cut back on staff and vans, they used for transportation of their clients. Their funding model relies mainly on provincial funding, meaning taxpayer’s money, as well as donations. In 2015, the Canada Revenue Agency sought $702,000 in delinquent taxes from New Visions Toronto’s board of directors who are personally liable for the charity’s debt.

In February 2019, Motayne lost her accountant’s credentials and in June, she was found guilty of fraud over $5,000 by a jury. Justice Michael Quigley’s proclamation of sentence is scheduled for October 15.