Former executive director of hospice association sentenced to eight months in jail for fraud

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Vancouver (August 02, 2019) – Susan Steen was sentenced to eight months in jail for fraud. She was using her position as executive director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) to defraud the organization of $109,878. She has to pay back $106,000 in restitution to her former employer in addition to the imprisonment, according to Castanet.

Between July 2012 and April 2016, Steen embezzled the COHA, which is based in Kelowna. Steen worked as COHA’s executive director for six years. In 2017, the COHA first noticed the missing money. Charges were then laid in November 2018. On July 31, 2019, she pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 which led to a stop in proceedings for the additional charges of theft over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000.

COHA is a non-profit that claims to offers care, comfort, support, and learning to those who are dying or grieving alone within our community.