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Former Kelowna woman handed 8-month jail sentence for stealing from hospice association

Susan Steen was sentenced to eight months in jail on Wednesday for stealing more than $100,000 from Central Okanagan Hospice Association between 2012 and 2016. Global News

A former Okanagan woman was sentenced to eight months in jail on Wednesday for stealing from a non-profit organization.

In Vancouver provincial court, Susan Steen was handed the jail term after pleading guilty to fraud. She was accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

Steen worked with the non-profit society between 2012 and 2016.

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Specifically, she pled guilty to fraud over $5,000. Two other charges — fraud under $5,000 and theft over $5,000 — were dropped.

Steen was also ordered to pay restitution of $106,005.62.

Last fall, Steen admitted to Global News that she had a gambling problem.

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In December, Steen was sentenced to four months in jail for a similar crime in Nanaimo.

There, she pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing $6,000 from the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. Steen, who had previously worked as the society’s executive director, was also ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution.

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In Kelowna, Steen was charged in conjunction with Melanie Gray of stealing from the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

Gray was COHA’s office manager while Steen was the executive director.

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In March, Gray was sentenced to five months after pleading guilty to fraud over $5,000. She was also ordered to pay $69,043.15 in restitution.

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