A woman from the Paq’tnkek First Nation in Afton, Antigonish Co. charged in relation to missing funds is expected to return to court Monday.
Antigonish RCMP say they responded to a complaint from band officials in Dec. 2013.
They say they discovered more than $350,000 in misappropriated funds from the Mi’kmaq Employment and Training Secretariat between 2010 and 2013.
Dawn Marie Johnson, a former band office employee, had faced charges of theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000, uttering a forged document, and forgery; she entered not guilty pleas to all of her charges in Feb. 2015.
Johnson, 41, was committed to stand trial following a preliminary hearing in Antigonish Provincial Court in Nov. 2016; she was expected to stand trial in September.
Instead, she changed her plea to guilty on the forgery count in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax in August- she was scheduled for sentencing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Antigonish Monday; Johnson has received an 18-month conditional sentence, followed by a 12-month probation period and she has been ordered to pay restitution.