East Hawkesbury (August 19, 2019) – The former treasurer of the township of East Hawkesbury in eastern Ontario, Linda Rozon, has been charged with 25 counts of fraud. The 59-year old allegedly defrauded the municipality of $375,825 while in office in over nine years.
In June 2017, a routine audit by the accounting firm Deloitte revealed $53,000 was missing. Thereafter, Rozon suddenly retired after a long career with the township of 38 years according to The Review. At the time, the municipality announced that the amount was repaid and no criminal charges will be pursued.
But, further investigations exposed that more money was missing. From 2008 to 2017, varying amounts from $500 to $61,530 disappeared out of the public purse. The missing funds amount to $375,825, leading to charges against the former clerk. In July, Rozon was prosecuted for 25 counts of fraud, making false documents, and breach of trust by a public officer.
The township of East Hawkesbury will not comment on the case while the trial is ongoing, Mayor Robert Kirby told Radio-Canada. Rozon is due to appear in court on August 21, according to CBC.