Nova Scotia

Theft charge laid in Bridgetown case

RCMP have charged a woman with theft and fraud following a six-month investigation into money problems at the Town of Bridgetown.
The six-member council in Bridgetown resigned in May. (CBC)

RCMP have charged a woman with theft and fraud following a six-month investigation into money problems at the Town of Bridgetown.

Melissa Jane Young, 50, from Belle Isle is due in court in February.

The town called in the RCMP to investigate in May, shortly after the mayor and council resigned because of the town's ongoing financial troubles.

Nova Scotia's minister of municipal relations ordered an audit after the town's books revealed a confusing trail of tax and water bills. Some residents received bills even though they had already paid them.

Melissa Jane Young is charged with:

  • One count of theft over $5,000,
  • One count of fraud over $5,000.

She is due in Annapolis Royal provincial court on Feb. 6.

The audit found that $113,195 in cash and cheques was misappropriated over several years, but $33,676 was later put in the town's bank account.

A report by auditing firm Grant Thornton said one municipal employee was responsible, but it didn't identify that person.

The report was released last month and given to RCMP.

RCMP said Friday that no other charges are expected.

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