The former head of a St. Catharines-based charity that helps families deal with sudden infant death syndrome is accused of stealing more than $170,000 from the organization.
The St. Catharines woman was arrested Thursday by Niagara Regional Police after an investigation was launched more than 20 months ago into alleged fraud at the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
Police said they were contacted by the national foundation's board of directors that alleged its acting director had issued a number of unauthorized cheques between January and November 2008.
The board also alleged the employee had used the foundation's credit cards for unauthorized purchases during the same period. The employee was fired, police said.
Mary Darlene MacCormick, 50, is charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of identity fraud.
MacCormick founded the Niagara chapter of the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths after her grandson died of sudden infant death syndrome 20 years ago.