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Former New Brunswick school principal pleaded guilty to fraud charges

Dalhousie (October 16, 2020) – The former New Brunswick school principal, Chantal Berthelotte, pleaded guilty to defrauding the Francophone Northeast School District in Campbellton Provincial Court on October 5. She is accused of embezzling over $5,000 while she was the principal of a school in Dalhousie between January 2009 and February 2013. The school district reported financial irregularities in the budgets of École Aux-Quatre-Vents in September 2014.

The former principal of a school in Dalhousie, Chantal Berthelotte, pleaded guilty to Fraud Over $5,000 against a New Brunswick school district, according to a press release issued by the RCMP.

Financial irregularities at a New Brunswick school district

In September 2014, the Francophone Northeast School District reported financial irregularities in the budgets of École Aux-Quatre-Vents, in Dalhousie to the Campbellton RCMP. The financial irregularities were unveiled by a financial audit. Police said, funds were missing from the school’s accounts, however, they did not disclose the exact amount of money that was involved.

On May 9, 2016, authorities arrested Berthelotte, who was the principal of the school at the time of the alleged fraud. They accused the New Brunswick woman of embezzling over $5,000 from the Francophone Northeast School District between January 2009 and February 2013.

Former school principal pleaded guilty

On January 13 of last year, Berthelotte has been charged with one count of Fraud Over $5,000 – 32 months after her arrest. The 49-year-old initially pleaded not guilty to the charge. However, on October 5, 2020, she changed her plea to guilty in Campbellton Provincial Court.

The former school principal, who now lives in Charlo is scheduled to return to court on December 15 for sentencing.

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