Police charge woman for defrauding her employer

Lethbridge Police have charged a 38-year-old woman in connection with an internal fraud for stealing property and more than $46,000 from her employer.

Earlier this year police initiated an investigation into fraudulent activity at the King of Trade after inventory discrepancies were identified by staff. Video surveillance was reviewed and an employee was subsequently observed stealing property and cash from the till on numerous occasions. The matter was reported to police and investigation by members of the Economic Crimes Unit determined that between April 2017 and December 2018 the employee stole money from the till and subsequently falsified inventory and store records in an effort to hide the activity. A total of just over $46,000 in cash was stolen from the business along with nearly $1,500 worth of property.

Melanie Dawn Vaillancourt, 38, of Lethbridge, is charged with fraud over $5,000, theft under $5,000, falsification of documents, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000 and possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000. Vaillancourt was released from custody on a recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court April 12, 2019.