Several charges laid against former treasurer where $25K went missing at Kelowna school

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Former treasurer of parent advisory committee at South Rutland Elementary is charged with 5 offences.

Charges of fraud, theft and forgery have been laid against the former treasurer of the parent advisory committee (PAC) at a Kelowna, B.C., elementary school where $25,000 went missing.

Andrea Blanchard, 46, is facing five counts in total:

  • fraud,
  • theft over $5,000,
  • forgery,
  • using a forged document,
  • altering books or documents to defraud

In December 2018, Kelowna RCMP opened an investigation after South Rutland Elementary PAC members became suspicious when Blanchard couldn’t produce simple documents like a bank statement at meetings.

The books disclosed that thousands of dollars had been siphoned out of the PAC bank account over a two-year period.

In June 2019, the PAC announced it had reached an agreement with Blanchard to pay back the money on a two-year instalment plan.

Charges against Blanchard have not been proven in court.

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