Trial underway in Kamloops for woman accused of theft from non-profit group

Joanna John is accused of stealing more than $14,000 from the Lillooet Friendship Centre

A former employee of a non-profit society in Lillooet is accused of stealing nearly $15,000 in thrift store revenue over a six-month period.

Joanna John is standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops this week, charged with theft over $5,000.

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Crown prosecutor Camille Cook said the alleged thefts took place while John worked in a receptionist role at the Lillooet Friendship Centre between Nov. 1, 2015, and May 1, 2016. 

One of John’s duties in that position was to accept cash, Cook said, noting John was the only employee of the agency with a key to a locked cash box.

John stopped working for the Lillooet Friendship Centre for unrelated reasons. After her departure, agency employees uncovered discrepancies in the organization’s financial records.

Cook alleged John had been receiving money for the agency and not depositing it into the organization’s bank account, as she was supposed to do.

An RCMP investigator attempted to reconcile the account and found it was off by $14,622.89.

“That was missing and had not been deposited into the account for the Lillooet Friendship Centre,” Cook said.

John’s trial began on Monday and is expected to conclude on Friday. John is not in custody.

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