Former employee pleads guilty to fraud at Vernon care home

Defrauded care home

A Vernon woman who defrauded a local care home has pleaded guilty.

Michelle Hampton pleaded guilty in Vernon court, Wednesday.

Hampton was charged in 2010 with fraud over $5,000.

The East Hill home was named after its founder Eleanor Down, who was Vernon's good citizen of 1979.

Manager of care Sandi Lautrup said in a statement:

"Down's Residence discovered inappropriate financial dealings by a former employee.

"The employee was immediately terminated and the matter turned over to the police.

"Down's has been co-operating fully with the police in their criminal investigation and remains co-operative.

"We are happy to see justice is being done."

Lautrup said the facility can't comment further "as civil suits are likely to follow."

Hampton remains to be sentenced.

The matter has been adjourned to April 26 to fix a date for sentencing, confirms Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel with the BC Prosecution Service.

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