Police allege Rhonda Charmaine Kelly committed the fraud by submitting false project claims as executive director of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. They say a 20-month investigation began in July 2014 after they received a complaint that the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism had possibly been defrauded by as much as several hundred thousand dollars. Kelly was scheduled to appear in provincial court Monday to face charges of fraud over $5,000 and nine counts of forgery. She’s scheduled to return in late June.
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