Nova Scotia

Richmond County woman arrested on 19-year-old warrant

A 50-year-old woman is facing fraud charges tracing back to an alleged employment insurance fraud that happened almost 20 years ago.

A 50-year-old Nova Scotia woman is facing charges tracing back to an alleged employment insurance scam that happened almost 19 years ago.

Richmond County RCMP said Wanda Fougere was arrested earlier this week on a warrant that dates back to 1994.

Sgt. Mark MacPherson said Fougere stole $5,932 from the employment insurance program.

"She was receiving cheques from another person. These UI cheques were meant for another person. So she was receiving the cheques signing that other person's name and I don't want to mention that other person's name, or I can't right now, and cashing them as if they were hers. Then of course keeping the money," said MacPherson.

MacPherson said after Fourgere was charged in 1994 she never showed up for her court appearance so a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Halifax police picked Fougere up on Wednesday after they randomly ran the license plate on her vehicle through their computer system.

That alerted them to Fougere's outstanding warrant.

She's charged with fraud over $5,000 and indictable offence.

MacPherson said because of the seriousness of the offence and the fact that the charges against Fougere were laid properly the 19-year-old warrant is still valid.

She’s now free on conditions, after appearing before a judge in Port Hawkesbury.

Fougere is due back in court on May 1.