Lucie Derro sued over alleged fraud at Sudbury seniors' non-profit

A 62-year-old Sudbury woman charged last week with fraud is also facing a civil suit in the aftermath of being accused of years of stealing from a Sudbury seniors' center.

A 62-year-old Sudbury woman charged last week with fraud is also facing a civil suit in the aftermath of being accused of years of stealing from a Sudbury seniors' center.     

The suit for more than $1 million was filed against Lucia, or "Lucie,” Derro by the Christ the King Parish Development Corporation.

Christ the King offers low-cost and subsidized housing, mostly to seniors, in the downtown.

Derro worked as the building administrator there for about 15 years.

The statement of claim alleges that, between 1997 and 2011, Derro stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the non-profit.

She's accused of collecting cash rental payments and keeping the money.

She's also accused of writing cheques out to herself or to "cash" without any authorization.

It's also alleged that Derro siphoned off about $1,500 a month from the building's coin laundry operation, then falsified documents to make it look like the money had never been there in the first place.

Derro was fired in 2012.

Christ the King wants a judgement against her that includes $500,000 in punitive damages, $250,000 for the expenses of the investigation, plus the amount of the money that she's accused of stealing and more.

A search by CBC News turned up no statement of defence.

None of the allegations against Derro have been proven in court.

The matter is scheduled to be heard on May 7.

Meanwhile, Sudbury police last week charged Derro with fraud over $5,000. She is set to appear in court on that charge in April.

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