Military Family Resource Centre yet to see any repayment in fraud case

Published on August 13, 2012

By Nancy Kelly



Several months after a court decision was made in its favour, the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre (GMFRC) has yet to see a penny of over $400,000 in employee-misappropriated funds. 


In May, a civil judgment was made in Nova Scotia Supreme Court against Harbourville resident Karen Lorraine Byers for the amount of $403,340.95. Byers, who worked at the GMFRC from 1998 to 2011, admitted in March of 2011 to diverting money from the centre’s accounts to her own. 


“We are still working to recover the funds,” reported GMFRC chairwoman Megan Venner Aug. 9.


Court documents indicate Byers was scheduled to attend a hearing at TMC Law in Kentville on June 28.


“That hearing was held between the parties in aid of execution of the judgment,” explained a spokesperson at the Kentville Justice Centre.  The results of the hearing were not available.


Included in the documents filed with the court are details of several properties, valued at close to $900,000, that Byers co-owns in Nova Scotia, including two homes in Kings County.


To date, no criminal charges have been filed against Byers, but the matter was referred to the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service, which is mandated to investigate serious and sensitive matters related to Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.


“The case is still under investigation by NIS as far as I know,” said Venner.