Former NDP constituency worker faces charges following alleged theft

By The Canadian Press
July 12, 2016 - 10:38pm Updated: July 13, 2016 - 10:18am

VICTORIA — The British Columbia Criminal Justice Branch says charges have been approved against a former employee at the constituency office of a Victoria New Democratic member of the legislature.

Marnie Ruth Offman has been charged with fraud, theft over $5,000 and uttering forged cheques.

A release from the Criminal Justice Branch says the offences are alleged to have occurred between March 24, 2009 and Nov. 28, 2015, but no dollar figure was disclosed.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Victoria-Swan Lake New Democrat Rob Fleming says he made a complaint to police after learning of alleged financial irregularities in his constituency office.

Special prosecutor Dirk Ryneveld was appointed in June to handle the case and a spokesman for the Criminal Justice Branch says Offman is expected to appear in a Victoria courtroom today.

The allegations have not been proven in court.

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