Woman guilty in Simcoe taxi company scam
A Norfolk woman who got involved in a scheme to bilk social services was doing it to pay off her son’s drug debt, her lawyer recently told Simcoe’s Ontario Court.
Wendy Diane Ritchie, 54, was charged in the criminal venture, along with her son and one of the owners of Norfolk Taxi.
The original charges were said by police to involve up to $90,000 in fraud to Ontario Works from 2014 to 2017.
Assistant Crown attorney Gracie Romano told court that Ritchie, who was an office worker at the taxi company, got permission to pick up her son, who lived out of town, and take him to and from the methadone clinic in Simcoe at a fixed rate. That rate was then billed to Haldimand-Norfolk’s welfare services.
Police said their investigation found multiple faked transportation receipts. It was impossible for the trips to have been made since Ritchie’s son was, at the time,…