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Boy’s chance discovery may lead to more fraud charges for Craik admin

A former administrator for the town of Craik faces more than 30 fraud charges after a local boy discovered a series of cheques floating in a ditch. RCMP said their investigation is far from over. “There is a possibility of more charges,” Craik RCMP Const. Kevin Morrissette said Wednesday. In April 2014, Carter Stubbington, who was 12 years old at …

A former administrator for the town of Craik faces more than 30 fraud charges after a local boy discovered a series of cheques floating in a ditch.

RCMP said their investigation is far from over.

“There is a possibility of more charges,” Craik RCMP Const. Kevin Morrissette said Wednesday.

In April 2014, Carter Stubbington, who was 12 years old at the time, was walking home after school with a friend when he noticed several pieces of paper bobbing in the flooded ditch adjacent to the road.

“They were just floating there,” Stubbington, now 14, said in an interview.

The boys moved in for a closer look. The cheques bore the “Town of Craik” letterhead. The boys fished the cheques from the water and delivered some to a local bank. They also took a few to the home of then-administrator Jeff Murray. Murray’s wife answered the door and accepted the cheques without asking any further questions.

Neither Stubbington nor his family heard back from anyone after that. Carter’s mother, Marlene Stubbington, said she spoke at a Craik council meeting about the cheques the following month. Mayor Rick Rogers told her Murray had been placed on leave over the floating cheques, she said.

Murray, who no longer works as administrator for the town, is now charged with more than 30 counts of fraud. Morissette said the investigation began in the summer of 2014 and revolved around suspicious transactions.

“It was a variety of things. It spanned a few years,” he said.

Morrissette said the floating cheques are “a separate matter” from the 30 current charges, but said more charges could be laid.

Marlene Stubbington noted the investigation began almost immediately after her son discovered and reported the floating cheques and Murray was placed on leave.

Carter Stubbington said he’s happy to have played a role in the process.

“I feel pretty good about it,” he said.

Rogers could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Murray is set to appear on the charges in Moose Jaw Provincial Court on June 1. RCMP are asking anyone with additional information to contact Crime Stoppers or the Craik RCMP detachment at (306) 734-5200.

jwarick@postmedia.com

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