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Local woman charged with defrauding Lethbridge County

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A 40 year old woman is facing charges in connection to an internal fraud at Lethbridge County.

Police say the County became aware of a theft and fraud by one of its employees this past May, sparking an investigation by the Economic Crimes Unit.

It’s alleged that about $49,000 had been taken between 2016 and 2019 and some of it was from tax payments.

40 year old Brandi Leanne Doucette of Lethbridge has been charged with fraud over $5,000, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000 and altering documents.

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Chief Administrative Officer for Lethbridge County, Ann Mitchell, offered this statement:

“We are saddened and disappointed at the outcome of the investigation. We want to assure our citizens that although funds were misappropriated, no individual accounts were affected. Lethbridge County has since implemented several additional internal controls to mitigate any future risk and will be seeking restitution from the accused.”

Doucette was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court at the end of the month. She is no longer employed with the County.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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