Red Deer RCMP charge non-profit employee with fraud after $100,000 theft

Pattern of theft took place over a period of nearly two years.

  • Mar. 24, 2017 5:00 a.m.

Red Deer RCMP have charged a local man accused of stealing more than $100,000 from his non-profit employer after a detailed investigation led by the Red Deer RCMP Fraud Unit’s financial crimes investigator and supported by FINTRAC, Canada’s national financial intelligence unit.

Red Deer RCMP began the fraud investigation in 2016 after the suspect’s former employer, the non-profit Christian Motorcycle Association, reported irregularities in their banking activity. With support from FINTRAC, the Red Deer RCMP financial crimes investigator was able to determine a pattern of theft over a period of almost two years that involved fraudulent e-transfers, forged cheques and illicit use of the club credit card.

The accused worked as an office administrator for the Christian Motorcycle Association from September 2013 to June 2015, and the total theft is estimated at over $100,000.

“Fraud investigations such as this one require detail-oriented investigation to trace the movement of numerous sums of money from various sources over the course of almost two years,” said Constable William Lewadniak, Red Deer RCMP financial crimes investigator. “Red Deer RCMP was fortunate to be able to work closely with FINTRAC on this investigation and benefit from their shared financial intelligence.”

53 year old Kenneth Van Someren faces the following charges:

· Criminal Code 380(1)(a) – Fraud over $5,000 X 2

· Criminal Code 368(1)(a) – Uttering forged documents

· Criminal Code 355.2 – Trafficking in property obtained by crime

· Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

Van Someren has been remanded and will make his first court appearance in Red Deer on March 24 at 9:30 am.

The fraud investigation and its subsequent charges are in keeping with the Red Deer RCMP Annual Policing Plan (APP) goal to increase the number of criminal investigations that are referred to the Fraud Unit’s financial crimes investigator; in the fourth quarter of the APP, which runs from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the Fraud Unit has surpassed their goals for the year, investigating numerous high-level frauds and seizing approximately $1.5M in houses, vehicles, furniture and cash as proceeds of crime under the Civil Forfeiture Act.

FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada) is Canada’s financial intelligence unit. Its mandate is to facilitate the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities, while ensuring the protection of personal information under its control.

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