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Former NLEC president insists she didn't steal

Marilyn Tucker is facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding her former employer, but she insists she didn't steal money.

"There was no money involved," she told The Telegram in a telephone interview Tuesday, hours after her case was called in provincial court.

Marilyn Tucker

Marilyn Tucker is facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding her former employer, but she insists she didn't steal money.

"There was no money involved," she told The Telegram in a telephone interview Tuesday, hours after her case was called in provincial court.

She declined to say anything else about the matter.

Tucker - former president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers' Council (NLEC) - is charged with two counts of fraud under $5,000 and a single count of uttering a forged document, all involving the NLEC.

The incidents allegedly happened in the fall of 2007.

Tucker wasn't in court when her case was called, but was represented by her lawyer, Jeff Brace.

The matter was postponed until March 18 as lawyers discuss the validity of one of the fraud charges.

Shortly afterwards, Brace told The Telegram that while he can't comment on what is in the file, he can say what's not in the file.

"The allegation made has nothing to do with her filling her pockets at the expense of the employers' council or anybody else," Brace said.

"Even though this will be a process she will have to deal with, I don't want the public, colleagues, to be under any mistaken belief that there's been any financial benefit for her.

"That's not reflected in the file in any way, shape or form."

He said it was important for the public not to misunderstand the nature of the charges against Tucker - who, he pointed out, has spent more than 40 years in public office and community service.

"With a fraud charge, there's a public's perception that there was somehow some financial gain," Brace said.

"The reality is the file in no way reflects any financial gain. That's not what this case is about."

Brace said that's also the position of the police and the Crown.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Employers

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