Fraudulent fundraising charges dropped against Corner Brook woman

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The charges against one of two people who were accused of seeking fraudulent donations in Corner Brook on behalf of fire victims in Labrador last summer have been dropped.

Crown attorney Brenda Duffy informed defence lawyer Gary Kearney and Judge Wayne Gorman that the two counts of fraud under $5,000 against Samantha Jennifer Gaulton would not be prosecuted when the matters were called in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday morning.

Duffy did not give a reason why in open court, but the Crown usually withdraws charges when it feels there is no reasonable likelihood of a conviction in the case.

Gaulton, who turns 19 next week, and a 17-year-old girl were charged last summer. The allegations arose after the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received complaints from the Aspen Road area that two young women had been going door-to-door last July 8, seeking donations in aid of residents of Labrador impacted by forest fires early this past summer.

There was no recognized campaign soliciting funds for that particular cause in Corner Brook at the time. Two complainants told police the young women did not have accreditation and both homeowners refused to give a donation.

The charges against the younger person are still outstanding before the courts. She cannot be identified because of her age and her matters are being dealt with through the youth court system.

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Labrador, Aspen Road

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