Sentence adjourned for woman who defrauded social assistance

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Sentence adjourned for woman who defrauded social assistance

A woman who defrauded social assistance of more than $111,000 over an almost nine-year span pleaded guilty Monday in provincial court in Charlottetown.

Ann Lorraine McMurrer, 52, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr where her case was adjourned after her lawyer asked for a pre-sentence report.

The court heard the police started investigating McMurrer after Family and Human Services suspected she was living with her common law spouse.

It would have disqualified her from receiving social assistance, and McMurrer denied it at first before admitting they lived together since 2013.

Her spouse also received a pension income, which McMurrer didn't report.

The investigation also determined McMurrer wasn't reporting income from her employment dating back to 2006.

McMurrer told the police she wouldn't have been able to survive without the social assistance money.

In total, McMurrer defrauded social assistance of $111,769.41.

The court heard McMurrer had no criminal record.

Orr ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case until May 4 for sentencing.

Organizations: Family and Human Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Not a welfare client
    March 24, 2016 - 07:26

    It is time to clean up this welfare fraud.Hire two fulltime workers do a review on every client every six months do updates to check to see what their living arrangements are did they apply for any jobs,get a updated medical updates did they apply for any upgrading or apply to a career options there is lots and lots of questions in which us taxpayers are seeking. Also ask the famous are they going to make a career out of welfare if the answer is yes cut them off automatically. The minister should be answering alot of questions as to what they are doing to get this fraud under control. The premier should be involved into this case as many others to see what can be done to weed out the abusers.This is taxpayers dollars we should have a say as to how this system should be looked into.

  • sad
    March 22, 2016 - 17:52

    I don't blame this woman one bit! We don't know why she was on assistance, could possibly be a disability. 111000.00 over 9yrs. That's about 12000.00 year income so she most certainly wasn't living it up. It is impossible to live on. So her partner had a pension and is probably barely getting by on his own. Had she reported they were living together then she would have been cut off because social services would have expected him to support the both of them on his pension. I am sure either of them were living in luxury. Now charging her and requiring her to pay this back while now cutting off her assistance is not going to help this vulnerable person in any way. This could force this woman to be homeless. I worked all my life minimum wage and 6 months ago I lost my job because company closed down. I collected EI . I made 14000.00 last year and I can tell you it is not easy. Many weeks I have no food because I have to choose between electricity and food after the rent is paid. I now try to get at least one meal per day. I have a medical condition that is worsening but cannot afford to even pay the 20.00 to pick up my prescriptions. Leave this woman alone. Those who are saying she should go to jail try living in 12000 a year and see if you can get by without cheating system sometimes.

    • Notta Politician
      March 23, 2016 - 19:33

      I agree. Too bad the Real thieves weren't taken to task like those who struggle to get by. Why aren't politicians in these papers every day for all their thieving? smh I agree > leave her be.

  • Quiet Observer
    March 22, 2016 - 13:47

    Not to defend her, but one part of this article is true and should be dealt with - that is, she could not survive on welfare alone. That is a fact. Noone can. It is embarrassing that our government expects someone to survive on about $600/month. Could you survive on that? Honestly. The system encourages people to cheat, and I would estimate most do (work for cash, etc.). What is someone supposed to do? Starve? Live in a bug & mildew infested dump? $600/month! We need a whole new approach on social assistance aimed at helping people find work, encouraging them to find work, be pro-active. We fail miserably at that. So what do people do to survive? They cheat as they know no other option. And for those of you who will now say they could get a job, yes, some could. But it is not as easy as it seems. Someone with a criminal record has basically little to know chance of getting a job in food service or retail or a call centre. Add to that no transportation, and that eliminates anything close to home. It is a tough world out there for many and not as easy as simply saying, "Get a job." The Guaranteed Annual Income model is certainly worth a look as it is much cheaper to administer, allows people to live and encourages people to find a job. Time to change how we are doing things as the way they are now, they are not working. problem is, our senior bureaucrats (who also don't understand what it means to be desperate) have a vested interest (job security) in keeping our system the way it is now. WADE, you want Islanders to be more positive and optimistic - GIVE US A REASON!

    March 22, 2016 - 12:32

    Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Do not collect a Get out of jail free card.

  • Islander
    March 22, 2016 - 08:20

    Early last week the Auditor General told us about millions not being paid and not being pursued. This enforcement would fall under the Sheriff's department. Now we hear about this lady collecting money for over nine years, this would be Social Services. Who in these departments is the top manaagement? How come these issues would be allowed to go untouched for so long. Someone is drawing a big pay cheque and obviously not doing their jobs. Time to clean house and find someone who can do the job. What an embarrassing situation Some heads should roll over this and rightly so

  • Jimmy Buffet
    March 22, 2016 - 07:55

    Senator McMurrer , less money involved though . How will her sentence compare with whats happening in Ottawa I wonder .