The former executive director of the Regina Sexual Assault Centre has been sentenced to three years in connection to defrauding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the non-profit group.
Debra House pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 on Thursday in Regina provincial court.
House, 64, stole over $700,000, spending it on trips to Las Vegas and other luxuries items. She told a packed court that she was “embarrassed and ashamed.”
Centre officials said it was “deeply distressing” to learn that a trusted staff member was capable of such wrongdoing.
Most significantly, Ms. House did not just steal from an organization; she stole from each individual who came through our doors or called our crisis line. She stole from the very people she was employed to help.”
The centre said it has since made significant improvements to its financial oversight, including adding board members with extensive risk management and external auditing experience.
In a statement released Thursday, the Regina Sexual Assault Centre said that they’re relieved the court process is behind them.
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