Saskatchewan

Woman who defrauded church sentenced

A Gravelbourg, Sask., woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding her church will have to pay back nearly $80,000 but won't go to jail.

A Gravelbourg, Sask., woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding her church will have to pay back nearly $80,000 but won't go to jail.

In a Regina court Wednesday, Paulette Dumont, 66, received a two-year conditional sentence to be served at home.

Dumont, a volunteer at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, has admitted to taking the money from her parish in Gravelbourg.

Court heard 63 fraudulent cheques were issued between January 2002 and May 2004.

Under the terms of her house arrest, Dumont will be under electronic monitoring for the first six months.

The remaining 18 months she has to observe a curfew and meet as required with her probation worker.

The court did not set up a repayment schedule. It's leaving the details up to the church.