Former student union employee sentenced for theft

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Amanda Jean O'Connell, 37, sentenced to seven months in jail for stealing $50,000 from Holland College student union

Holland College

A former Holland College student union employee who stole more than $50,000 from her employer was sentenced Wednesday in P.E.I. Supreme Court to serve seven months in the provincial correctional centre.

Amanda Jean O'Connell, age 37,  had pleaded guilty to charges of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

Supreme Court Justice Wayne Cheverie sentenced O'Connell to seven months on each count, with both sentences to run concurrently.

Upon release from custody O'Connell will be placed on probation for two years, during which time she must undergo  assessment, counseling and treatment, if required, for   any underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.

Cheverie also ordered the accused to perform 200 hours of community service work, 100 hours for each offence.

She must also write a letter of apology to the Holland College student union.

In total, O'Connell defrauded and stole $53,723.53. She has already paid back $37,025. As part of her probation O'Connell has been ordered to make restitution in the sum of $16,698.53.

Organizations: Holland College

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  • David
    February 06, 2014 - 16:12

    The Crown should be appealing this and demanding more jail time. This person stole from students who placed her in a position of trust and she gets 7 months...Disgusting!!! There is seriously something wrong with our judges sense of what is right and what is wrong when they would only give a 7 Month sentence. Wonder do judges have to pass any tests from time to time to see if they know what is right and what is wrong.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    February 06, 2014 - 13:12

    Must have been money slated for the new Genderless washrooms ,otherwise she might have got house arrest ,like the one that stole 96,000 from the credit union . Guess this one didn't have as good a lawyer or the right connections ..lol

  • noneofyourbusiness
    February 06, 2014 - 10:30

    What a joke these people are!! They don't even know how lucky they are to have a good job like that!! I've been applying to jobs since the summer and I can't even get a call back!! I have solid references and letters of recommendation stating how trustworthy, honest and a great worker that I am. Seeing this in the news really cheezes me off!!!!