Teen may plead guilty to Labrador fire donation scam

Gary Kean
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CORNER BROOK — The older of two teenagers charged with allegedly seeking fraudulent donations in Corner Brook on behalf of fire victims in Labrador this past summer wants to waive the charges against her to British Columbia.

Samantha Jennifer Gaulton, 18, made her first appearance on two counts of fraud under $5,000 in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday.

Duty counsel Sandi MacKinnon represented Gaulton and indicated the teen intends to move to B.C. in the near future and wanted the charges against her dealt with in that province.

In order for that to happen, advised Judge Kymil Howe, Gaulton would have to plead guilty to the charges.

MacKinnon told the judge that Gaulton knows she would have to plead guilty in order to have the charges transferred. Gaulton has been advised to contact the court in the British Columbia town where she plans to go to find out how to go about getting the charges waived.

The matter will be called again in Corner Brook on Dec. 17 for a status update on whether or not the charges will be waived.

Gaulton and a 17-year-old girl who cannot be identified because she is a youth were arrested after the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received complaints from residents on Aspen Road in Corner Brook in early July. The complainants said two young women were going door-to-door on July 8 seeking donations in aid of residents of Labrador impacted by forest fires early this past summer.

At the time, there was no campaign in Corner Brook soliciting funds for that particular cause. The women did not have accreditation and both homeowners refused to give a donation.

The younger teenager is being dealt with through youth court.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Labrador, B.C. British Columbia Aspen Road

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