Lawyers say woman should get house arrest for fraud

Published on November 5, 2012
Keri Lynn McGrath (left) is handcuffed by a sheriff officer after being found guilty of fraud in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's today. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram

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.

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