Instead of prison, a fraudster finds herself in psychiatry
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René-Charles Quirion La Tribune Instead of being in prison for a major fraud against her employer, the Magogoise Annie-Lyne Belleville took the direction of forensic psychiatry.
The 32-year-old woman admitted to fraud of at least $ 54,000 against the owner of the PO + beauty clinic in Magog Dre Dorthée Garant.
Annie-Lyne Belleville was to appear in court on Friday for the observations on the sentence to be completed in her file at the Sherbrooke courthouse.
Instead, Annie-Lyne Belleville rather panicked at the office of the Memphremagog Police Authority despite a quarantine notice imposed by public health for a test she had to undergo for COVID-19.
” I panicked. I was afraid. I don't want to run away from justice, ”said Annie-Lyne Belleville in court by videoconference.
The prosecutor for criminal prosecution Me Laïla Belgharras requested the issuance of an arrest warrant against the accused and that it be assessed on her ability to cope with the rest of the judicial process. Judge Claire Desgens of the Court of Quebec, who had noticed the defendant's disorganization, forced Annie-Lyne Belleville to be evaluated in psychiatry at the CHUS, Hôtel-Dieu.
The victim had concerns in October 2017 regarding Annie-Lyne Belleville which culminated a month later with the dismissal of her employee and then the criminal complaint.
The accused canceled invoices on the terminal to reimburse customers in 2016 and 2017, while Dr. Garant never did.
An amount of more than $ 30,000 in cash was not deposited by the fraudster at the end of the days
A fraud had also been carried out between the payment terminals of Dr. Garant's aesthetic care clinic and that of Annie-Lyne Belleville's cream sale for an amount of more than $ 44,000. The amount of services rendered by Dr. Garant was deposited in Annie-Lyne Belleville's account by the latter.
Annie-Lyne Belleville also used the credit card at Dr. Garant's clinic to make purchases for her own business for an amount of nearly $ 19,000.
The victim, Dr. Dorothée Garant had testified to having felt broken, deceived and betrayed by the crime committed by her administrative assistant in whom she had placed her trust.
The defense and the prosecution agree that a prison sentence should be imposed for this fraud.