Charges dropped in Cornwall apartment rental fraud case

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CORNWALL – Fourteen fraud and forgery charges have been dropped against a woman from the GTA in charge of a Cornwall rental property.

Penny Patterson, 47, of Etobicoke, Ont. had been charged by Cornwall police in September 2017 with seven counts of fraud and seven counts of uttering forged documents.

She was accused of accepting rent money in 2015 and 2016 from tenants while she was an employee of a property management company. She was further accused of writing up phony receipts while keeping the money for herself.

But, in an email to Cornwall Newswatch, Ministry of the Attorney General spokesman Brian Gray says the charges were stayed during a court appearance on March 28, 2019.

A staying of charges means the court can bring the charges back to life within a year.

In many cases, charges are withdrawn or stayed if the prosecution believes there is no reasonable prospect of conviction.