Ontario manager’s case now in pre-trial motions a decade after theft started
A former manager accused of defrauding a Belleville, Ont., credit union of more than a million dollars will be back in court on March 5 for another pre-trial hearing, more than five years after it noticed the money was missing and 11 years after the theft started.
The case has been going on so long that the credit union involved has been through two mergers and name changes. At the time of the fraud it was Bayshore Credit Union. It became part of Quinte First Credit Union on January 1, 2017 and in 2020 became a division of Alterna Savings and Credit Union Ltd. It currently operates as Quinte First, but will be changing its branding to Alterna.
Cheryll Drumm is now representing herself in Superior Court of Justice after her previous lawyer quit the case. She was set to be sentenced over a year ago after saying she would plead guilty to the theft. But in October 2019, Justice Robert Scott refused to accept a plea when a pre-sentence report found that when interviewed Drumm had refused to actually take responsibility for the fraud.
On Nov. 22, 2019, Scott set a trial date for Aug 24, 2020. Since then there have been several pre-trial hearings and case conferences to discuss the matter in private. The next one is set for March 5.
The case has been delayed and adjourned more than 15 times to accommodate Drumm, since charges were laid in 2016. A trial in June 2019 was halted after two days when she decided to plead guilty. But when Drumm later denied responsibility for the fraud, Scott rejected a plea deal and ordered a new trial.
Her lawyer, who had negotiated a plea bargain, resigned and Drumm has been representing herself ever since.
The case started in October 2015 when Bayshore Credit Union alerted police that it believed money was missing from its accounts. Police determined that $1.067-million was stolen between January, 2010 and June, 2015.
Charges were laid in May 2016 against Drumm, George Misuraca and Allan Lasher. Misuraca and Lasher repaid the credit union’s insurance company and charges against them were withdrawn.