Allyson Steffensen of Squamish BC pleads guilty to stealing from 2 practices

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February 01, 2024

Allyson Steffensen of Squamish BC pleads guilty to stealing from 2 practices

A Squamish British Columbia woman accused of defrauding two dental employers of roughly $200,000 has pleaded guilty to two charges.

North Vancouver RCMP began investigating accountant Allyson Steffensen in 2019 after her employer came forward with their suspicions. A second business owner who Steffensen worked for reported a large sum of money missing in December 2020.

After a complex RCMP investigation assisted by dental forensic investigation firm Prosperident, the Crown swore four counts of fraud over $5,000 and four counts of theft over $5,000 against Steffensen in February 2023.

Steffensen and her lawyer appeared by video in North Vancouver provincial court on Tuesday to enter guilty pleas on two counts of theft over $5,000.

Two businesses that were victimized by Steffensen were mentioned in the court proceedings – a Lynn Valley dentist and Pacific Blue Cross Health Benefits Society.

 

Steffensen is due back in court in April.

At the time the original charges were sworn, Steffensen was working in a payroll position for the Sea to Sky School District. A spokesperson for the school district confirmed Tuesday that Steffensen is no longer employed there.

Content retrieved from https://www.nsnews.com/local-news/north-vancouver-accountant-accused-of-200000-fraud-pleads-guilty-8184139

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