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February 28, 2020 Media Releases

Fraud – Arrest: R19-13182

A 46-year-old Winnipeg woman is facing fraud-related charges following the discovery of financial irregularities that had occurred at Shawenim Abinoojii. This agency provides foster care, support worker services and programming for children and families within the City of Winnipeg and rural Manitoba.

In April of 2019 concerns were brought to the attention of the Winnipeg Police Service Financial Crimes Unit. The investigation revealed that a series of fraudulent transactions had occurred dating back to March, 2016. 

The transactions included:
- Fraudulent cheques totalling $743,110
- Fraudulent payroll transactions totalling $222,432
- Unauthorized credit card charges and cash advances totalling $42,000

The total amount of fraudulent transactions was approximately $1,007,000.

Gwendolen Joyce REID, 46, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:
- Fraud Over $5,000.
- Forgery x 2
- Use of Forged Document
- Theft Over $5,000
- Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Data
- Falsification of Books and Documents

She was released on an Appearance Notice.

Reid was formerly an employee at Shawenim Abinoojii.

Sexual Exploitation – Arrest: C20-42734

On February 27, 2020, Winnipeg Police Sex Crimes Unit laid charges of Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Assault, and Supply Liquor to Minor (LCGA-Manitoba) against a 27-year-old female from Winnipeg.

The accused had been employed as a teacher at a Winnipeg high school. The victim was a 16-year-old at the school. The offences occurred between December 1, 2019 and February 8, 2020.As directed by the Criminal Code of Canada the accused was released on a Release Order with conditions including:

  • No Contact or Communication with the victim
  • Not to Possess or Access any Device Capable of Accessing the Internet
  • No Direct or Indirect Contact with Anyone Under the Age of 18
  • Not to Seek, Obtain or Continue Employment, or Become a Volunteer in a Capacity that Involves being in a Position of Trust or Authority over a Peron Under 18 years.

Last Update: February 28, 2020

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Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
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Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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