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Niagara Falls woman charged after $134,000 defrauded from lawyer's office

Family law office's trust fund bank accounts were compromised over a period of five years, say police
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In August 2019 the Niagara Regional Police Service, Central Fraud Unit commenced an investigation into an alleged fraud and theft of funds in the amount of $134,000 from a St. Catharines family law office.  

The complainant became concerned that their trust fund and bank accounts had been compromised between Sept. 1, 2014, to June 27, 2019.

As a result of the investigation on Oct. 22, 2019, police arrested 34-year-old Alicia MacKinnon of Niagara Falls and charged her with the alleged offences of:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Utter forged document
  • Falsification of books
  • Laundering proceeds of crime
  • Criminal breach of trust

MacKinnon was released on a promise to appear / undertaking. She is scheduled to appear at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, at 59 Church St. in St. Catharines, on Nov. 19, 2019.

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