Fraud charges laid against daycare staff
A police investigation into College of the North Atlantic's daycare centre in St. John's has led to criminal charges against two former employees.
Carmella Singleton, the former manager, and Pamela Wheaton, who was a supervisor, are facing numerous charges after the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigated the daycare's finances.
An external audit was ordered in November 2011 after an internal review by the college discovered a series of spending and financial irregularities.
CNA brought in PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct the external review. Singleton, 61, and Wheaton, 42, were fired in February 2012 after it was completed.
The college then handed the case over to the RNC.
Singleton and Wheaton are each charged with one count of fraud under $5,000, nine counts of fraud over $5,000, and one charge each of criminal breach of trust.
The maximum sentence for convictions on all counts is 14 years in jail.
CNA officials are not commenting, now that the case is before the courts. But they've previously stated there was never an issue with child care or safety at the operation.
Singleton and Wheaton are due in court on Oct. 22.