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Woodstock woman charged after $360K lifted from Norwich business

A 48-year-old Woodstock, Ont. woman is facing multiple charges after a fraud investigation revealed $360,000 was taken from a Norwich business account.

Provincial police say the money was taken over a period of nearly 4 years

A 48-year-old Woodstock, Ont. woman is facing multiple charges after a fraud investigation revealed more than $360,000 was taken from a Norwich business account.

Oxford County OPP say they were alerted to the fraud on Sep. 6.

"Police were contact by a Norwich business reporting a fraud," said Const. Ed Sanchuk.

"Several cheques from a business were cashed with over $360,000 being removed from a financial account."

Sanchuk says the money was taken from the account starting Jan., 2015 and withdrawals continued until Sep. 6.

The name of the business has not been identified.

"We don't want to revictimize​ the business," said Sanchuk. "The owners were quite upset with regards to what had happened and it is before the courts."

Christine Georgina Smith, 48, has been charged with the following:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Making a forged document
  • Using, dealing, acting on a forged document
  • Laundering proceeds of crime

There is no word on Smith's relationship with the business.

She is scheduled to appear at a Woodstock court at a later date.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Oxford County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com.

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