A 47-year-old Kelowna woman has been charged with theft, fraud and uttering forged documents after nearly $23,000 went missing from the Okanagan Mission Secondary school band parents program fundraising account during 2010 and 2011.
A year ago, Kelowna RCMP received a report that money was missing from an account that parents maintained outside the school to support the OKM band program. A staff review showed unauthorized activity, and the police investigation revealed 37 cheques had been forged between May 2010 and August 2011, with a total loss of $22,894.12 from the account.
The former treasurer of the band parents program fundraising account was identified as a suspect early in the course of the investigation.
Elizabeth Sherwood has been charged with theft over $5,000, uttering forged documents and fraud over $5,000. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 12.