Lawsuit details minor hockey's claims against former treasurer
Altered cheques and fake invoices are the among the methods Sandy Elder allegedly used to embezzle more than $300,000 from the Penticton Minor Hockey Association.
The schemes are mentioned in a statement of claim PMHA filed in the B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton last week against Elder’s estate, her family and five John Does.
Elder served as PMHA treasurer from 2001 until her death in July 2013.
PMHA alleges in the lawsuit that she “wrongfully took, converted and embezzled” $315,600 between May 2010 and April 2013, in addition to an unknown amount prior to 2010.
“Throughout her time as treasurer, Ms. Elder fraudulently misrepresented facts to the plaintiff … by overstating charges and accounts, understating income, creating fictitious charges, vendors and invoices, and altering cheques payable to others into her own name,” the lawsuit claims.
It’s alleged Elder transferred some or all of the funds to the defendants “for their use, benefit and enjoyment in the form of money, goods, services, and support.”
The five John Does, who are listed as defendants alongside her estate and family, are described as unknown persons or entities that “benefitted from or received funds belonging to PMHA.”
PMHA is seeking restitution of $315,600 with interest, plus costs and unspecified damages.
Replies to the statement of claim have not yet been filed and the allegations have not been tested in court.
Erik Lund, the lawyer who’s representing PMHA, told the group’s annual general meeting last week that the lawsuit is based upon information revealed through a $29,000 forensic audit it commissioned following Elder’s death.
Lund said the association is aware that even if succesful in court, there may be no funds left for it to recover.