Former dealership staffer stole money to fund travel, lifestyle


WHITEHORSE, YUKON – A former dealership staffer who admitted to stealing nearly $50,000 from a store in Whitehorse was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to repay every penny.

Local media reported Kessie Ann Vandrie told the court she stole $46,939 from Mic Mac Motors. Court documents showed Vandrie, who had worked as the store’s comptroller for four years, began stealing from the company in January 2014. The theft involved 55 transactions and occurred over a one-year period.

According to the Whitehorse Daily Star, Deputy Judge Raymond Wyant found the theft was “deliberate, planned, premeditated and took place over an extensive period of time.”

“Clearly, this was not only planned and premeditated, but sophisticated on her part during the time of the theft,” the judge added.

Crown prosecutor Michael Van Klaveren said the theft was masked by false entries that required time and forensic accounting work to uncover.

And while Vandrie’s defence said she should be given a conditional discharge with probation, the Crown said she should receive a jail sentence of up to six months.

Local media said Wyant noted that imprisonment would best serve the public interest and send a message. He said an aggravating factor in the case was that Vandrie was “in a position of trust and authority” and that she did not steal the money to fund a gambling or substance addiction but rather for her own personal benefit, including travel.

According to a victim impact statement by the store’s general manager, the theft cost the dealership more than $100,000 in addition to the amount stolen. That total included $54,300 “to untangle this web of deceit,” $54,000 in accounts receivable and an estimated $30,000 in overtime to employees.

“There was an effect on the company, its employees, on its owners, and on its managers in the work of untangling this,” Wyant said.

Vandrie will serve her 90-day jail sentence intermittently at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre on consecutive weekends followed by one year of probation. She will also have to pay Mic Mac Motors $46,939.62 in restitution.

– With files from The Whitehorse Daily Star