Crown seeking harsher penalty for former daycare workers charged with fraud

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The case of two women accused of defrauding the daycare they worked for was called in provincial court in St. John's today.

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Carmella Patricia Singleton and Pamela Alice Tina Wheaton weren't in court, but were represented by defence lawyer John Kelly. Kelly is Wheaton's lawyer, but was also filling in for Erin Breen, Singleton's lawyer who was unable to attend court.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Ivany told Judge Mike Madden that the Crown is proceeding by way of indictment, meaning if Singleton and Wheaton are convicted, they would face a harsher penalty.

Ivany said she is waiting of additional information from police and requested the case be set over.

The case was postponed to Jan. 30.

Singleton and Wheaton are suspected of swindling money while they were employed at the College of the North Atlantic daycare.

Singleton, 61, was the manager and Wheaton, 42, a supervisor. Both were dismissed from their positions in February 2012.

They face nine charges of fraud over $5,000 and single counts of fraud under $5,000 and criminal breach of trust.

They were charged following a police investigation, which happened after an internal review by the college.

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