May 29, 2014 2:30 pm

RCMP charge woman after $600k allegedly stolen from police fund

Mario Beauregard/The Canadian Press Images

HALIFAX – The Mounties have charged a woman with fraud related charges for allegedly stealing $600,000 from a Halifax police social fund.

In June 2013, Halifax police referred a fraud matter to the RCMP involving misuse of funds from the Halifax Regional Police Dedication to Duty Fund.

The fund is an independent employee fund used to recognize officers who are retiring and to fund other events for police officers.

Police say an independent audit conducted on the fund and the Halifax Regional Police Association account showed an employee had taken in excess of $600,000 over the past 3.5 years from both accounts.

Forty-seven year old Mary Louise MacDonald of Halifax has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of forgery and one count of uttering a forged document.

MacDonald is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on June 25.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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