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Airdrie woman pleads guilty to fraud over $5,000

An Airdrie woman pleaded guilty to defrauding a local company for over $5,000 in Airdrie’s courtroom on June 20.

An Airdrie woman pleaded guilty to defrauding a local company for over $5,000 in Airdrie’s courtroom on June 20.

The woman, Trina Hook, stood up in court to say she is ashamed of what happened. She apologized and voiced wanting to make things right.

Her lawyer explained the reason for Hook’s offence was a relationship gone bad with the father of her daughter, her partner at the time. He became heavily involved in drugs and schemed most funds available to Hook from her employment.

As a result, she stole from her employer to make up losses, something her lawyer said was partially out of her control. The relationship ended in 2021 and there has been zero contact since then.

“She could have acted differently under the circumstances but she is accepting responsibility for it and I don’t think there’s any need for probation,” her lawyer said, adding there are no substance abuse issues and she is trying to make amends.

The crown felt 90 days in jail intermittently with 24 months probation was necessary, but her lawyer argued for three months house arrest to allow the single mother to continue working from home and support her daughter, plus restitution payments instead of probation.

According to the facts read out in court, funds in total of $8,427.98 from Astoria Asset Management Ltd. were deposited into Hook’s account through 55 transactions. Hook was in charge of transferring money for the company at the time. The property management company was contracted by Skyview Ranch Home Owners' Association (SRHA).

The judge ruled she would comply with a curfew for three months and pay restitution to SHRA before the fifth month from the court date.

The court adjudged that the offender would not endanger the safety of the community and be allowed to serve her sentence within the community subject under conditions.

Masha Scheele

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