Woman who forged union checks to be placed under house arrest, pays back $22,000

A Holyrood woman will serve eight months of house arrest and must repay the local Public Service Alliance of Canada $22,000 after pleading guilty to forgery and using a false document.

Lola Parsons was charged with fraud over $5,000, theft and breach of trust for forging and cashing union checks between May 2016 and November 2017. Her attorney, Robert Hoskins, said she had pleaded guilty to forgery charges because the fraud charge – which was dropped – did not allow for house arrest as a penalty.

Parsons worked for the Canada Revenue Agency when she was charged in January 2020, but had also served as a union spokesperson.

His sentence, a joint Crown and defense submission, includes one year probation after house arrest.

During her sentencing on Wednesday, Hoskins also issued an apology on Parsons’ behalf, saying anxiety prevented her from doing so herself.

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