Regina woman gets jail time for $600K fraud
Published Thursday, September 6, 2012 4:25PM CST
A Regina woman has been sentenced to 21 months behind bars for defrauding two businesses of a total of more than $600,000.
Dawn West had earlier pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 and falsifying books and documents.
Court heard the 39-year-old defrauded Audio Warehouse of $600,000 while she was working as a bookkeeper for the business between May and November 2011.
She also bilked the law firm she worked for, Richmond Nychuk, of $9,000 back in 2010, and made a false entry on a credit card statement involving the firm. West repaid half that amount prior to her arrest late last year.
The Crown says West used most of the ill-gotten money to purchase luxury items for herself online.
In handing down the sentence Thursday, Judge Jeff Kalmakoff said West was motivated by “personal, gratuitous and selfish consumption.”
Audio Warehouse has since recovered more than half of its losses through a lawsuit.
As part of her sentence, West was ordered to pay back the remaining $252,000 to Audio Warehouse, in addition to paying restitution of $9,500 to SGI for an insurance payment and $4,500 to Richmond Nychuk.
The $45,000 in legal fees that Audio Warehouse incurred wasn’t included in the restitution order.