Lawyers say woman should get house arrest for fraud

Andrew Robinson
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Keri Lynn McGrath (left) is handcuffed by a Sheriff's officer after being found guilty of fraud in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's. — Telegram file photo

Lawyers are recommending a seven-month conditional sentence for the former executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association.

Keri Lynn McGrath, was found guilty last week of swindling $38,356.66 from the association.

In a joint submission made in Newfoundland Supreme Court  today, both the Crown prosecutor and McGrath's attorney suggested house arrest, a full restitution order, and 18 months probation would be an acceptable sentence.

McGrath is due back in court on Wednesday for sentencing.

Michelle Ploughman, the association's president, read a victim impact statement today. She said the association has suffered enormously as a result of McGrath's actions.

She said it will take at least another two years of rebuilding efforts to make up for the damage done to the organization.

Both the Crown prosecutor and McGrath's lawyer made note of the fact McGrath is a first-time offender.

According to the agreed statement of facts, McGrath made 51 unauthorized transactions to herself in 2009.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's edition of The telegram

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  • Sheila
    November 06, 2012 - 07:49

    A full restitution order means nothing if the person has no money or assets! Better to say pay in full what you owe and then you will get out of jail and finish your sentence with house arrest. This woman is a criminal and should be treated as such. Stealing from a non-profit agency shows us this woman is nothing but scum.

  • Eli
    November 05, 2012 - 19:48

    How many hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to procecute this case? And the best the procecution can do is recommend house arrest? It's open season on theft. I hope the judge has a better sense of justice.

  • Skeptical Cynic
    November 05, 2012 - 16:53

    I'm fed up with these types of crooks getting house arrest for their disgusting crimes. Where's the deterrent in that? Throw them in jail.

  • David
    November 05, 2012 - 16:39

    "House Arrest" as a punishment for those found guilty of crime is just a way of avoiding having to admit that the justice system is bankrupt...just like long wait times are a symaptom of a health care system that was bankrupt long ago. Taxes keep increasing, but basic services just aren't there.....government dances at the microphone, and keeps kicking the can down the road, hoping that no one clues in until AFTER they get their own, guaranteed pensions. Wake up's over, we're screwed.

  • Shane
    November 05, 2012 - 16:15

    This is proof that the law is about punishing the criminal for getting caught, not for the crimes. 51 times and it still only counts as one offense? That's BS. What is she had never been caught? How many more times would she of taken money? I can see doing it once or twice and being remorseful but 51 times? That was pure entitlement on her part.

  • garrisongetar
    November 05, 2012 - 16:05

    House arrest for stealing $38,000.00 ?. If my memory serves me correctly, wasn't a butcher on the Southern Shore sent to jail for illegally selling moose meat and fined $12,000 ?. WTF ??????.

  • Neil
    November 05, 2012 - 15:11

    What ever happened to consequences. I say have her shovel snow for seniors all winter and mow their lawns all next summer until the amount of work she does equals $38k. Then make her start paying back the association she ripped off.

  • Hass Ole
    November 05, 2012 - 14:51

    Most Defense Lawyers want house arrest for their clients. Reality is, most criminals don't go to jail for these types of crime. I know of one case from 30 years ago, where an employee of a company that I worked for stole $110,000, she got one day in jail, which consisted of signing in and signing out at the prison office and no restitution order.

  • Dee
    November 05, 2012 - 14:01

    No wonder everyone wants to live on the high hog on someone's else,s cash .7months house arrest,not a bad deal I say.

    • Me
      November 07, 2012 - 08:18

      Not seven months, 18. And Shane, she did this in 2009 so it was past. She wasn't doing it in the present.