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Charges laid in Dawson fraud investigation

Leighann Chalykoff Tuesday August 14, 2007

A former Dawson City mayor and a former chief administrative officer are facing formal charges relating to alleged mismanagement of public funds while they held office.

After an extensive investigation, Yukon RCMP laid charges against Glen Everitt, of Dawson City, and James Scott Coulson, now of Chilliwack, BC.

The RCMP received a copy of the forensic auditor’s report in 2005, said Sgt. Roger Lockwood on Monday.

And M-Division’s commercial crime unit began a “complex,” “time-consuming” investigation, said Lockwood.

Everitt, 43, has been charged with two counts of breach of trust by a public officer, two counts of fraud and two counts of theft over $5,000.

The alleged offences occurred between 1996 and 2004.

Coulson, Dawson City’s former CAO, 43, has also been charged.

He is facing one count of breach of trust by a public officer, one count of fraud and three counts of theft over $5,000.

Coulson’s alleged offences happened between 2001 and 2004.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court in Dawson City on August 28.

These are the first charges to be laid with respect to the alleged mismanagement, said Lockwood.

No more charges are expected at this time, he added.

In 2004, the town’s finances were deep in the red causing the territorial government to fire Dawson’s mayor and council and place it under the guardianship of a public trustee.

Everitt could not be reached for comment before press time.

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