St. Catharines (October 23, 2019) – Alicia MacKinnon from Niagara Falls was arrested and charged on October 22 for allegedly defrauding a St. Catharines Family Law Office. Niagara Police’s Central Fraud Unit has been investigating the issue since August when the law office reported that they recognized irregularities on their trust fund and bank accounts. MacKinnon is alleged of fraudulently obtaining $134,000 between September 2014 and June 2019.
The Niagara Police’s Central Fraud Unit was informed in August about suspicious transactions on the trust fund and bank accounts of a St. Catharines Family Law Office. The investigation revealed that $134,000 had been stolen between September 2014 to June 2019.
On October 22, Niagara Police arrested Alicia MacKinnon from Niagara Falls in connection with fraud and theft of funds. The police did not clarify how the 34-year-old was able to compromise the law firm’s accounts or what kind of relationship she had to the office.
MacKinnon is charged with fraud over $5,000, Utter Forged Document, Falsification of Books, Laundering Proceeds of Crime, and Criminal Breach of Trust. She was released and is scheduled to appear in St. Catharines court on November 19.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.