White Rock fraud trial adjourned till fall

White Rock fraud trial adjourned till fall

Proceedings against Karen Ann Chura to resume in October

The trial of a Surrey woman accused of defrauding a White Rock company has been adjourned for six months.

Proceedings against Karen Ann Chura got underway in Surrey Provincial Court on Monday. Initially set to be heard over five days – with the fifth day scheduled for Monday – the trial was adjourned on Tuesday until Oct. 11.

Chura was arrested in February 2013. At that time, police alleged a 53-year-old Clayton resident wrote cheques to herself from a company account but with no associated invoices.

In court Monday, prosecutor Richard Li told Judge Gary Cohen that Chura is alleged to have made 13 unauthorized bank transfers to her credit card from Sinco Engineering Ltd.’s account, and to have written 13 unauthorized cheques to herself, with the combined amount totalling nearly $60,000. During the time period in question, Chura was working as Sinco’s bookkeeper.

Defense counsel Edison Heba told the court that Chura agrees that payments were made to her credit card and that she received the cheques in question, however, she disputes the allegations that the transactions were illegal.