Woman gets seven-months house arrest for swindling more than $38,000

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Keri Lynn McGrath in court today. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

The former executive director of a not-for-profit group has been sentenced to seven months house arrest for swindling her employer of over $38,000.

Keri Lynn McGrath, 41, must also serve 18 months probation once her sentence is complete. She was found guilty last week of fraud.

McGrath took money from the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association through 51 transactions, to transfer funds from the organization to herself.

Newfoundland Supreme Court Judge Raymond Halley said McGrath must also complete 100 hours of community service and pay full restitution to the association for $38,356.60.

Michelle Ploughman, president of the Brain Injury Association, said she felt McGrath's sentence was fair, adding she was pleased that a restitution order was included in the judge's decision.

Crown prosecutor Mike Murray and defence lawyer Ernest Gittens made a joint submission earlier this week for sentencing.

For more on the story, read Thursday's edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • billk
    November 11, 2012 - 11:42

    What's the payment schedule she is under? Watching her on TV why was she smiling? House arrest is a joke. want to send a message to people impose JAIL TIME

  • Marg
    November 08, 2012 - 07:27

    Wanda, you said that this sentence is a joke, but it's really our so-called justice system that is the pathetic joke. Some incentive for stopping others from doing this same sort of crime. Do the people involved with this non-profit organization that went under because of her actions really and truly think they will get their money back? Another joke, but far from funny.

  • SLR
    November 08, 2012 - 06:27

    Sad- I think its just because the system can't afford to keep criminals behind bars! Or was it because she suffered from a “terminal illness” as well-as was the case with the former CRA employee....messed up system if you ask me!!!!

  • Whaddaya At ?
    November 07, 2012 - 23:23

    7 months house arrest for stealing $38,000 from a charity association that is now bankrupt because of that theft ?. What's up with that sentence ?. A few years ago, a local butcher was sent to jail and fined $12,000 for illegaly selling moose meat. That person didn't steal from a charity and force it into bankruptcy.

  • Tim Jamison
    November 07, 2012 - 16:47

    Good thing she doesn't have a penis or she'd be going to prison

  • Jack
    November 07, 2012 - 15:42

    With another non-profit fraudster getting just a slap on the wrist, it seems the courts are being too lenient on Executive Directors whom steal from non-profit organizations instead of going hard on them. This is almost similar to the James McClean case. James McClean was a former Special Olympics PEI Executive Director whom stole a considerable amount of money from the organization. Although his actions could have jeopardize high quality program delivery for developmentally disabled persons, he only got a seven month conditional sentence as well. Since this sentence is too lenient and an abuse of trust, don't be surprised if the Crown Prosecution appeals this sentence as Kerri Lynn McGrath deserves a tougher punishment, including a lifetime ban from ever working at a charitable status organization.

  • Wanda
    November 07, 2012 - 14:46

    This sentence is unbelievable. It's a joke compared to the seriousness of her pre-planned offences. She must be laughing at our justice system.

  • Marshmellow Gavel
    November 07, 2012 - 14:45

    Wow! now there's a stiff sentence as a deterrent! Could the courts have been any more lienient? maybe ordering her to eat the crust of her toast and get out of bed before lunchtime would send her a message.

  • David
    November 07, 2012 - 14:43

    We can'tt afford to put crooks in jail, or to run a health care system, or buold and maintain decent roads. But we do keep asking for more money in taxes every single year, partly to pay for our outrageous raises and pensions. We hope you will continue to be as stupid as in the past, and that you won't ever figure out our scam. Sincerely, the government.

  • W Bagg
    November 07, 2012 - 14:39

    house arrest!...............havin a time