Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former NDP Constituency Worker Faces Charges Following Alleged Theft

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former NDP Constituency Worker Faces Charges Following Alleged Theft

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Charges laid in alleged theft from MLA's office

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VICTORIA - The British Columbia Criminal Justice Branch says charges have been approved against a former employee at the constituency office of a Victoria New Democratic member of the legislature.

Marnie Ruth Offman has been charged with fraud, theft over $5,000 and uttering forged cheques.

The Criminal Justice Branch said in a news release on Wednesday that the offences are alleged to have occurred between March 24, 2009 and Nov. 28, 2015, but no dollar figure was disclosed.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Victoria-Swan Lake New Democrat Rob Fleming said he made a complaint to police after learning of alleged financial irregularities in his constituency office.

"This has been a very disturbing matter for me because it involves someone I worked closely with. Constituency office employees have the trust of the MLA and the community they serve so it is gravely disappointing to have that trust violated" Fleming said.

He described the discovery as "shocking" and said he would reserve final judgement until the process concludes, but noted he is "relieved and satisfied" that charges are proceeding. …

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