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Hines Creek woman given jail time for stealing community group gaming money

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The count of fraud and one count of theft over $5,000 have been withdrawn. On the count of forgery, she was given 14 days in jail. On the second charge of theft over $5,000, Hoffman was handed a 90 day jail sentence and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution.

A Hines Creek woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing money from local community groups. Fairview RCMP first got complaints of missing gaming money from the Hines Creek Figure Skating Club and the Hines Creek Minor Hockey Club in December 2016.

A six month investigation with the RCMP Gaming Section and the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission has led to charges against 48 year old Barbara Hoffman. She’s facing two counts of theft over $5,000, one count of fraud over $5,000, and uttering a forged document.

Corporal Chris Warren says she was in a position where she had access to the funds of both groups. While the amount is confirmed to be more than $5,000, Warren says the matter is still under investigation and they haven’t determined a final total.

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Hoffman has been released from police custody and will appear in Fairview Provincial Court on August 23rd. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Fairview RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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