POLITICS

RCMP charge fine options court coordinator on Saskatchewan reserve with fraud

12/12/2014 10:02 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST
BIG RIVER, Sask. - RCMP have charged a woman with more than 100 counts of fraud and forgery for allegedly running a court scam out of a reserve in northern Saskatchewan.

Mounties say they began investigating the fine option co-ordinator in Big River First Nation in 2013, after receiving a complaint from the provincial court.

Sgt. Lyle Korczak (CORE-zak) says officers interviewed many people who had been ordered to complete community service through the court's fine option program.

He says there were pay-offs to get out of service work and false documents were filed with the court.

Sylvia Grace Joseph faces 108 counts of forgery, fraud upon government, using a forged document and falsifying books and documents.

Korczak says the woman was suspended from her job when the RCMP started its investigation.

The 46-year-old is to appear in Big River provincial court Jan. 13.