Former PAC treasurer pleads guilty

Former PAC treasurer pleads guilty

A former treasurer of the Parents Advisory Council for Oliver Elementary School has pleaded guilty to fraud (theft over $5,000). (File photo)

Former Oliver Elementary School PAC treasurer Belinda Yorke has pleaded guilty to fraud.

The woman was charged last year after a long investigation into missing funds that the Parents Advisory Council uses to enhance students’ experience at the school.

She pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 in Penticton Supreme Court on Monday and now awaits a pre-sentence report which will help the judge decide on consequences.

Between June 2016, until her resignation in January of 2018, Yorke allegedly used her position as treasurer to misappropriate funds from the PAC’s bank account.

In January 2018, members of the PAC executive reported the theft of funds to the Oliver RCMP, who in turn began their extensive investigation.

With assistance and cooperation from the PAC and the BC Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch, Yorke was charged with fraud.

Jason McAllister, principal of OES, previously stated he appreciates the work that PAC did when they discovered the financial inconsistencies in 2018, and the work that the RCMP put into the investigation.

“Obviously we were all very disappointed when we discovered this.”

McAllister said the school has worked with the PAC to improve financial practices in order “to ensure this will not happen again.”

Yorke’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 27.