Update November 6, 2019 -- Jennifer Leslie was sentenced to two years in prison for her crime.
"Let the record show the defendant is crying, and I regret that, but she has much to be ashamed of," Justice Joseph De Filippis said Monday in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines.
Court was told that Leslie worked as a manager at dental offices in Fort Erie and Ridgeway. Starting in 2013, she made hundreds of unauthorized transactions and funnelled more than $420,000 into her personal bank accounts.
"There is no prospect of immediate restitution of any kind," assistant Crown attorney Tim Hill told the judge.
"It's difficult to imagine where all that money went."
Some of it was used to fund family vacations, purchase a vehicle, invest in her children's RESPs and gamble.
The dentist she worked for was forced to liquidate hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments to deal with the shortfall, court was told.
In a victim impact statement read into court, the dentist said he treated his employee like a member of his family.
In addition to the prison sentence, Leslie was placed on probation for three years.
Niagara Regional Police say that officers began investigating a situation last November after they were contacted by a local dentist who suspected his General Manager was defrauding his Ridgeway dentistry practice.
As a result of their investigation, a St. Catharines woman is facing charges after allegedly defrauding her employer of over $554,000 and the NRP’s fraud unit put out a warrant for the suspect’s arrest.
Yesterday the suspect, 37 year old Jennifer Leslie, was arrested at the Rainbow Bridge crossing into Canada and is charged with fraud over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime.
Leslie is being held in custody pending a bail hearing today, March 15 at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.