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Kelowna fraudster pleads guilty to stealing $1.2 million from Alberta companies

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February 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

KELOWNA - A Kelowna woman who embezzled over a million dollars from Alberta companies pleaded guilty in a Calgary court this week.

CBC reports that Colleen Dhuga, 50, pled guilty to a charge of fraud over $5,000 at the Calgary Courts Centre on Feb. 25. Dhuga embezzled $1.2 million from four Alberta-based companies.

According to a Calgary RCMP press release, Dhuga was charged with one count of fraud, one count of theft over $5,000, and one count of laundering proceeds of crime on May 2, 2018.

CBC reports that Dhuga, originally from Kelowna, served as a bookkeeper for David Anderson and eventually acted as controller for four of his companies: Winsome Capital Inc., EmberClear Inc., Immersive Media Corp., and Winsome Oil Marketing.

Between 2008 and 2014, Dhuga forged 185 cheques and made several cash withdrawals from these companies, taking a total of $1.2 million over six years. She was caught after a company detected unusual activity on the accounts.

Dhuga will be back in court for sentencing in June.

CBC said she blamed gambling addiction for the thefts. 

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