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

Published on November 7, 2012
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.