A Kleefeld, Manitoba woman has been charged with fraud in connection to an investigation into the misappropriation of funds from the Kleefeld Recreation Association dating back to February of 2019.

On February 1, 2019, the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP were contacted by officials from the RM of Hanover regarding an alleged misappropriation of funds from the Kleefeld Recreation Association (KRA).

Officials advised that during the course of a regularly scheduled annual audit, they identified a number of suspicious transactions from within the KRA. This led to a commission of a Forensic Financial Review which, when completed, identified a misappropriation of funds valued at over $100,000.

The Forensic Financial Review report identified a number of irregularities dating between 2011 and 2018 where un-supported payments were made for non-KRA related expenses, including credit card payments and payments to retailers.

The information was passed on to the St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP detachment for review. With assistance of RCMP Major Crime Services, a criminal investigation was conducted.

RCMP report that on January 15, 2021, 44-year-old Nicole Rempel of Kleefeld, who held various titles with the KRA, including President, Secretary and Treasurer, was charged with fraud over $5,000 as well as using a forged document. She was served a summons to appear in St. Pierre-Jolys Provincial court.

Police say that no further investigation is anticipated at this time.