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Credit Union Place caper in Summerside nets theft and fraud charges for former employee

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Credit Union Place. - Alison Jenkins
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

A former city employee has pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges stemming from an investigation in late 2018, Summerside police said.

Sean MacDonald Murphy, 46, is charged with theft under $5,000 and fraud under $5,000 after an investigation into a suspected theft from Credit Union Place.

Murphy pleaded guilty to both charges and will be back in court on May 1 for sentencing.

Sgt. Jason Blacquiere from Summerside Police Services said the offences were ongoing over a three-year period and included fraudulent mileage claims, fraudulent use of a city credit card and theft of money.

There were no other people investigated in relation to the charges, Blacquiere said.

The long adjournment is to allow for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Murphy’s Linked-In social media page said he was Aquatics and Administration Manager for the City of Summerside from January 2015 to September 2018. 

The city, which runs the facility, took action internally as well as with police as soon as staff knew of an issue.

“Once we became aware, we turned the file over to our local police to investigate," Gordon MacFarlane, deputy CAO with the City of Summerside told the Journal Pioneer in a previous interview.

"Any employee issues that arose were handled with ordinary HR processes.”

Credit Union Place is the city’s largest recreation facility and houses two rinks, a bowling alley, aquatics complex, restaurants and the Island Sports Hall of Fame.

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