Calgary Police Service charges former Calgary woman in relation to charity embezzlement case
The Calgary Police Service has laid charges against a former Calgary woman in relation to embezzling more than $700,000 dollars from her former place of work over the last four years.
The Colliers Cares Foundation was established by the Calgary office of Colliers International, to support local charities. It is alleged, a former employee holding the role of operations manager defrauded the company by writing fraudulent cheques from the Foundation account to herself and another organization which she controlled. It is believed she wrote more than 90 cheques to herself, along with two to the Canadian Progress Club – Calgary Mount Royal, where she was the treasurer and president. It is estimated the total funds taken from the Foundation were more than $561,000.
It is also alleged she forged cheques from the Colliers corporate account to the Foundation account in an attempt to cover up the continued fraudulent activity. It is estimated this amount totalled approximately $147,000.
Through a 10-month investigation, police were able to determine that the employee used the proceeds of her crime to make vehicle payments, trade in and purchase a vehicle, make personal retail purchases, as well as purchased homes in Calgary, and two properties in B.C.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, Nicole MANN, 35, was arrested and charged with:
- One count of fraud over $5,000
- One count of theft over $5,000
- One count of laundering the proceeds of crime
MANN is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Police would like to thank Colliers and the other organizations involved for their co-operation throughout the investigation.