CORNWALL – A Petawawa woman has been ordered to make restitution to Cornwall’s welfare department and do 50 hours of community service under a plea deal.
Court records show 26-year-old Haley Kerr, originally charged with one criminal count of fraud, pleaded guilty to a lesser violation under the Ontario Works Act, part of the Provincial Offences Act.
The records show the criminal charge was withdrawn by the Crown.
The deal means Kerr will make $4,853.32 in restitution to the Ontario Works Resource Center and will perform community service, but will avoid a criminal record.
The deal came after a scheduled one-day trial last week (Aug. 15).
Kerr was charged in July 2016 after the Ontario Works Resource Center found she had not reported a change in her living arrangements over eight months in 2013.
That resulted in an overpayment of the amount the court has ordered her to pay back.