Ex-United Way staffer charged with fraud

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Already facing a civil suit, a former United Way of Chatham-Kent employee is now charged with fraud.

Police initiated an investigation in late September into the misappropriation of funds from the United Way of Chatham-Kent (UWoCK).

As a result of a thorough investigation, which included analysis of records dating from Oct. 8, 2021, to Oct. 20, 2022, an arrest was made.

Veronica Whittal, 48, of Tilbury, is charged with fraud over $5000.

Maureen Geddes, interim CEO for UWoCK, declined to comment on the arrest.

“We are taking all reasonable actions available to us to ensure accountability and recover the funds, including criminal and civil action against the individual,” she told The Chatham Voice.

The civil suit was laid back in October. More than $290,000 went missing, sparking the investigation.

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