The President of the Rycroft Arena Board says they were pleasantly surprised their former treasurer, Amy Lyne, was sentenced to jail time for stealing money from them.
DJ Barbarich says in the meantime they are working to raise back the approximately $80,000 that went missing. He says they benefited from a local Spring charity dance where they received a third of the proceeds.
“Then we do our Spring Frolic, which is a good chunk of the money that she made off with. We did that this year and it was a big success,” he added.
He says the upwards of $80,000 they are now out, was being saved to put a cement floor in the arena so they could put the ice in sooner.
“The amount of money that she made away with, that’s what it costs us to run the arena for a year so we’re obviously a year behind any projects that we wanted to do, but hopefully we won’t have to shut the doors.”
Lyne was given an eight-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to a count of theft over $5,000. She was also given a $200 fine and 24 months probation.
Barbarich says she was also ordered to pay over $60,000 in restitution, money they’re not positive they’ll ever see.
“I think it was $68,000 that the court ordered her to pay. Because so much of it was cash, you know it’s hard to prove…anything that was actually paper; cheques that she wrote herself, things like that, that’s what (the court) determined was the restitution number,” said Barbarich.
“Everyone was pleasantly surprised at the sentence that she got. It wasn’t just a slap on the wrist.”