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Case against Fortune woman who allegedly stole minor hockey funds to be tried in Supreme Court

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Arraignment date to be set

GRAND BANK, NL – A Fortune woman charged for the alleged theft of funds from the United Towns Minor Hockey Association has elected to move her case to Supreme Court in Grand Bank.

Michelle LeRiche, 43, is facing charges including theft, criminal breach of trust, three counts of forgery and three counts of uttering forged documents.

Marystown RCMP filed information with Grand Bank provincial court alleging that between Sept. 1, 2015 and Sept. 15, 2017, LeRiche stole funds exceeding $5,000.

It also alleges that LeRiche made out cheques payable to herself using the forged signature of Robert (Bob) Clements, past-president of the minor hockey association.

An appearance date in Supreme Court has yet to be announced, but an official with Grand Bank provincial court, where LeRiche made her first appearances, said an arraignment date should be set once the paperwork is transferred from provincial to Supreme Court.

LeRiche has elected to proceed to trial by judge only.

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