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Fraud investigation leads to charge for former school administrator

After the OCDSB questioned staff at Roberta Bondar Public School, the employee suspected of taking funds did not return to her position as the office administrator. 
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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board logo, March 3, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

A former office administrator at Roberta Bondar Public School is being charged with theft after an Ottawa Police Service fraud investigation.

According to police, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board conducted an internal review and found that revenues typically generated from the school were not received for the 2013-2014 year. After the board questioned school staff, the employee suspected of taking these funds did not return to her position as the office administrator. 

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board filed a complaint to Ottawa police and investigators determined that criminal charges were warranted. 

Kathleen St. Germain, 45, from Ottawa was charged with one count of theft over $5,000.  She is scheduled to appear in court on April 12. 

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact Detective Steven Malo from the Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5443 or at malos@ottawapolice.ca. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. 

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