Nova Scotia’s Judy Carter convicted of embezzling from prosthodontic practice

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frank-magazine-judy-carter Judy Carter of Dartmouth, NS was convicted of stealing from a three-dentist prosthodontic practice.  After being let go by that practice, she began working a Sears, where she again stole money.  She was convicted of embezzling from both places.

NS man jailed for embezzling from wife’s practice


SYDNEY — A Sydney man who defrauded his wife’s dental practice of more than $90,000 was sentenced Monday to eight months in a provincial jail.

Ronald Jordan, 56, of Breton Road must also complete a one-year probation period. A second count of theft was withdrawn during Monday’s sentencing hearing. The offence occurred between November 2005 and February 2008.

Prosecutor Rick Hartlen had recommended a sentence of between 12 and 18 months while defence lawyer Darren Morgan sought a conditional sentence followed by a lengthy probation period.

Provincial court Judge David Ryan said a conditional sentence, which allows for offenders to serve their time in the community, would not be an appropriate disposition in the case.

“There is not an insignificant number here,” said Ryan, noting that after a forensic audit, it was determined that $105,000 was missing, with $94,000 being tagged directly to Jordan’s fraud.

The court was told there some 245 transactions directly linked to Jordan during the offence period. While his wife, Colleen LaPierre, handled the dentistry part of the operation, Jordan was responsible for the business side to ensure all bills were paid, along with other transactions.

The couple is now divorced and their assets were not equally divided as Jordan relinquished certain items in order to repay his wife.

“You put her business in serious jeopardy,” said Ryan, describing the crime as a serious breach of trust.

In her victim impact statement, LaPierre said the crime has left her shaken in terms of trusting people and that she had to remortgage her home to keep the business afloat.

As a result of the fraud, she was also reassessed by Canada Revenue Service and is now paying an adjusted tax bill for the years covering the fraud.

 At a time in her life when she should be looking toward retiring after 30 years, Ryan said the victim is now faced with a debt she never planned for and may be forced to sell her business.

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Nova Scotia woman sentenced to 12 months in prison for embezzling $103k


Teresa Marie Cox-Kubas, 39, stole $103,293.06 from Dr. Robert Rix through hundreds of transactions over a four-year period. She was sentenced in November 2005 to one year in jail followed by two years of probation

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Convicted Nova Scotia thief asks judge for longer jail term to address gambling addiction

debbie rushtonA Nova Scotia woman who is addicted to gambling on video-lottery terminals has been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing from her employers.

Court heard that Debbie Rushton stole more than $230,000 from T. A. Orthodontics and Donford Enterprises of Truro, N.S.

The 45-year-old woman from nearby Debert, N.S., pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges in January.

During her sentencing hearing yesterday, the Crown and the defence detailed Ms. Rushton’s addiction to VLTs.

Ms. Rushton stole the money over a seven-year period to obtain money for her gambling habit, court was told.

Judge John MacDougall initially imposed an 18-month sentence in a provincial jail.

But he increased the sentence at Ms. Rushton’s request because she wants to get access to rehabilitation services available at federal prisons.

Evidence presented to the court stated the woman was working overtime when she made many of her thefts.

Ms. Rushton stayed late many nights at the orthodontist’s office manipulating the books so the doctor wouldn’t know she was stealing from him.

Judge MacDougall heard in provincial court that Donald Johnston noticed she was working late and decided to pay her an extra half-hour per day. “A nice little bump up, given she was using the extra time to steal from her employer,” the judge said.

Nearly $220,000 was taken in more than 700 transactions, and it cost nearly $20,000 for a forensic audit to uncover the theft from T. A. Orthodontics.

A further $11,641 was taken from the associated company, Donford Enterprises Ltd., and it took another $3,500 in audit costs to uncover that theft.

Ms. Rushton secured a loan from her mother and paid $40,000 in restitution.

Defence lawyer Jill Nette told the court that Ms. Rushton had done extensive research and knew that there were more programs available in federal prison for her gambling addiction than she could find in a provincial institution.

Ms. Nette argued that Ms. Rushton used the money to feed an uncontrollable VLT addiction.

“All the money she had went to gambling,” Ms. Nette said.

“It was not uncommon for her to gamble $1,000 per week.”

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Judge agrees to woman’s request for longer jail term

A woman in Truro, N.S., made an unusual request Thursday: she asked for a longer jail term. Debbie Rushton, 45, of nearby Debert, had already pleaded guilty to stealing more than $230,000 from her former employer over a seven-year period, and the judge initially sentenced her to 18 months in a provincial jail. When her lawyer, Jill Nette, explained that Rushton was addicted to video-lottery gambling, and would only get proper treatment for it in a federal prison, Judge John MacDougall agreed to her request for a two-year sentence, which would automatically send her to a federal institution. “She had done some research, and satisfied herself that the federal institution would provide better services and better rehab, rehabilitation services for her particular problem,” Nette said. During her sentencing hearing Thursday, the Crown and the defence both detailed Rushton’s addiction to VLTs. The court was told Rushton stole the money over a seven-year period to get money for her gambling habit. “All the money she had went to gambling,” said Nette. “It was not uncommon for her to gamble $1,000 per week.” Rushton stayed late many nights at the orthodontist’s office where she worked, manipulating the books so her employer wouldn’t know she was stealing from him, the court was told. Elizabeth Fry Society addictions counsellor Jeanette Milley said Thursday she is seeing an increase in the number of women with gambling addictions who are getting in trouble with the law. “The VLTs especially, we notice a marked increase in, where women are self-medicating with the use of VLTs, and it’s increasing, year by the year, the number of women who seek our help,” Milley said. Milley says she expects to see more cases of women choosing longer sentences, because often the only way to get in-house treatment for their problems is in a federal institution. Content retrieved from

Nova scotia woman jailed for 25 months on dozens of fraud charges

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Editor’s note:

This woman fits the classic profile of the “serial embezzler,” and has been fired from several dental offices for embezzling.  But it appears that her fraudulent activities don’t stop there.  She has had considerable interaction with the justice system, including what is shown here.


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A Bedford woman who stole and defrauded thousands of dollars from 13 different victims is going to get a second chance to prove she should be on parole.

Lesa Anne George, 49, was freed in May after serving two-thirds of the 25-month jail sentence she received in December 2011 after pleading guilty to 37 fraud and theft-related charges. (The sentence was in addition to the seven months she had spent in custody following her arrest.)

Her freedom didn’t last long because she refused to abide by one of the conditions of her parole, a Parole Board of Canada decision on her latest bid for freedom revealed. The decision was reached earlier this month and made public last week.

Before her release, George had warned the board that she would not report to a parole officer in the unnamed city she was being released in, the decision says.

It also says she followed through with her threat, calling the prison to say she would not report to the parole officer and that she wanted to return to jail.

Her wish was granted. Her parole was revoked, a warrant was issued for her arrest and she turned herself in.

In an interview conducted after returning to prison “you explained in detail your belief you were not being released to the area selected by Correctional Service Canada, and that you have absolutely no interest in making living arrangements in a city that you will leave at the end of your sentence,” the decision says.

It also says George wants to be released to another region and that if that didn’t happen, she threatened to do the same thing again.

The parole board set Oct. 27 as her new release date.

When she is freed, she will be subject to the same conditions she had during her first parole. They include being barred from being in any paid or volunteer position where she would be responsible for managing finances or investments.

Other conditions prohibit her from possessing debit, credit or bank cards and cheques without prior permission of her parole supervisor. She must also provide regular financial information to the supervisor and report all sexual and non-sexual relationships.

George was denied full and day parole in August 2012 after a review panel said Correctional Service of Canada officials had advised them that her attitude, ability to function in the community and personal emotional abilities needed major improvement.

The panel also noted that she had been removed from an in-prison rehabilitation group twice, the second time because her case management team believed her “anger and resentment were precluding any progress, and program facilitators were concerned that (she) may have been negatively impacting other group participants.”

It also said Correctional Services believed George did not have the ability to control her crime cycle.

During her crime spree she defrauded, stole from or illegally used credits cards of a number of victims, including landlords, friends, a boarder, banks and employers.

At times she claimed to be a lawyer, successful business owner and cancer survivor.

She had originally been charged with 136 charges but some overlapped the others, Woodburn said. All the victims were represented in the charges she accepted responsibility for.

George, who also used a number of aliases, was also ordered to pay back about $55,000 to 11 of the victims.

The agreed statement of facts showed that George defrauded, stole from and illegally used credits cards of a number of victims, including landlords, friends, a boarder, banks and employers.

She claimed she was a lawyer, successful business owner and a cancer survivor and that she was divorcing, just moving to the country or selling houses she was renting.

In accepting the recommended sentence, Judge Michael Sherar said George is “an actor.”

Now that she has accepted responsibility for her crimes, the judge hoped she would “take the proper steps to advance your life and your lifestyle without having to defraud other people.”

One of her crimes involved using a boarder’s credit card to pay hotel and self-storage fees totaling $11,000.

After court, Sutherland said George’s guilty pleas saved the court weeks and even months of trial time.

“As the judge indicated, she has a fair bit of potential if she applies herself,” he said. “She is a very intelligent, articulate woman who unfortunately, for one reason or another, got involved in a life of crime that brought her here today.”

George is relieved to be able to put the matters behind her, Sutherland said.

“One is never ecstatic on an occasion like this, however the sentence is an excellent one from the defence standpoint,” he said.

Woodburn said George deserved the lengthy sentence “considering all the people she defrauded.”

“She was using anything in her means to defraud anyone from financial institutions to innocent people so she could live the lifestyle she wanted,” said the Crown attorney, who had prosecuted her on previous fraud charges.

“She has been consistently defrauding people for years. Hopefully she’ll be able to rehabilitate herself while she’s in federal penitentiary.”

Bud Webster was renting George the house she was living in when she was arrested in June. He said he’s out between $4,000 and $5,000, made up of a month’s rent for a cheque that bounced, along with storage and moving fees for her belongings and lost rent.

He doesn’t expect to get any money back through the order made in court. He said he also attempting to recover the money through the small claims court.

Webster said the sentence was “not much time for what she did and how many people were impacted.”

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$230,000 Embezzled from Nova Scotia Orthodontist

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Convicted thief asks judge for longer jail term to help with gambling addiction. (prologue: she pleaded to the Judge for 2 years and then served less than 4 months )

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