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Former Stratford Rotarian steals money from club

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A former Rotary Club of Stratford member who stole more than $17,000 from the organization will be back in court next month for sentencing.

James Joseph Pineau, 48, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000.

The court heard that on Nov. 28, 2018, the RCMP received a complaint from the Rotary Club of Stratford that it was missing money from a two-year period.

Crown attorney Morgan Watts told the court Pineau forged a signature on cheques he made out to himself.

Pineau wrote 57 cheques to himself for a total of $17,727.28.

Watts said Pineau turned himself in to police and confessed he would forge the signature on the cheques.

The court heard Pineau has since resigned from the club.

Orr adjourned the matter until April 24 and ordered a pre-sentence be prepared.

She also said Pineau should have a payment plan in place for the lost money when he is next in court.

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