SUMMERSIDE - A 32-year-old Summerside woman was sentenced to seven months house arrest after pleading guilty here Thursday in provincial court to a charge of breach of trust.
Prince County Courthouse.
Jessica Lois Noye had been employed as the manager of the Irving-owned Circle K operation in St. Eleanors when she devised a scheme of reusing Sobeys gasoline receipt coupons to defraud the company.
Crown prosecutor David O’Brien said Noye developed a process of rescanning UPC numbers on the coupons until the sale read zero. She would then take the cash value of the sale.
O’Brien said she also used the plan to get free gas for her and her companion’s vehicles.
O’Brien said Noye used some of the funds to purchase items for the employees to help motivate them to increase sales. She purchased a barbecue for the store, along with jackets emblazoned with the Circle K logo and the employee’s name. She would also purchase lunches for the workers.
Noye also bought a sign for the business to help attract customers.
O’Brien said these efforts to motivate the employees to increase sales, if successful, would help Noye’s bonus potential.
The Crown said the total amount of money not covered by the company’s insurance plan came to $4,275.18. He said the Crown was seeking to recoup $3,660 because the barbecue and the sign are still on the premises.
Defence Counsel Matthew MacFarlane presented several letters of support for Noye all stating that this theft was totally out of character for the accused. He also outlined his client’s long list of volunteer work within the community and in Wellington.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Jeff Lantz said employers “have to be able to trust their employees.”
Lantz also noted that while Noye did spend some of the money on employees to help motivate them to boost sales, this had the potential of improving her bonus situation with the company.
In addition to the seven-moth conditional sentence, Noye was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $3,660 to the company.
She was also given a $50 victim fine surcharge and told to write a letter of apology to the company.