Regina Sexual Assault Centre ex-administrator charged with fraud
Charges laid against Debra Lynn House after investigation spanning 7 months
Regina police have charged Debra Lynn House, a former administrator with the Regina Sexual Assault Centre, with fraud.
Senior Crown prosecutor Derek Maher did not disclose the total amount allegedly taken, only calling it a "substantial amount."
On June 22, 2016, the Regina Police Service commercial crimes unit received a tip that a female senior employee at a "non-government human services agency" — which it didn't name in a press release — had defrauded the organization of funds.
House, 63, is facing four "global" charges, meaning the charges relate to numerous allegations of the same offence over an extended period of time. They are:
- Fraud over $5,000.
- Making a forged document.
- Uttering a forged document.
- Theft over $5,000.
It was alleged the offences occurred between 2009 and June 2016.
Police say their investigation, which spanned almost seven months, obtained enough evidence to support criminal charges against the woman. Leading up to the investigation, House was no longer employed at the RSAC
She made her first court appearance Monday.
In a statement from the RSAC, the organization expressed its sadness at House allegedly using her position of trust and authority for personal gain. The group would not say how much money was involved.
The organization is still fully operational and has made policy changes with regards to financial oversight to make sure something like this does not happen in the future.