May sentencing for $50K Prescott insurance co. fraud

The Brockville Courthouse at 41 Court House Square in Brockville, Ont. (Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – A former employee of the Prescott-based Leeds and Grenville Insurance Brokers will be sentenced in May for fraud and forgery.

According to court records, Robin Van Luit, 46, of Prescott, pleaded guilty last week to one count of forgery and one count of fraud over $5,000.

A charge of theft over $5,000 was adjourned during the Feb. 23, 2016 court appearance and will likely be withdrawn by the Crown during the sentencing phase of the proceedings.

The O.P.P. Grenville County Crime Unit launched a two month investigation in March 2016 after the Leeds and Grenville Insurance Brokers discovered more than $50,000 had gone missing from their bank accounts.

The money had been transferred out of the institutions bank accounts and into a private account between May 2012 and December 2015.

Van Luit was treasurer for the non-profit organization at the time.

Forgery carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fraud over $5,000 has a maximum sentence of 14 years.

Van Luit will appear in court in Brockville on Monday, May 1, 2017 for her sentencing.

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