Two women accused of defrauding the daycare they worked for will likely face a harsher penalty if they’re convicted.
The Crown made its intentions known Wednesday when the case of Carmella Patricia Singleton and Pamela Alice Tina Wheaton was called in provincial court in St. John’s.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Ivany told Judge Mike Madden that the Crown is proceeding by way of indictment, meaning the offences are considered more serious.
Singleton and Wheaton weren’t in court Wednesday. They were represented by defence lawyer John Kelly. Kelly is Wheaton’s lawyer, but was also filling in for Erin Breen, Singleton’s lawyer, who had a scheduling conflict.
Ivany said she is waiting on additional information from police and requested the case be set over.
She and Kelly agreed to postpone it until Jan. 30.
Singleton and Wheaton are accused 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.
The total amount of money involved is close to $100,000.