Saugeen Shores Police Service

Press release

Saugeen Shores Police Service

Press Release

28 July 2010

Press Release

On April 29th 2010, The Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce reported discrepancies with their financial statement to the Saugeen Shores Police Service.  Major errors and discrepancies were noted with the financial statements in the possession of the Chamber of Commerce that had been fraudulently changed to reflect a much higher balance than was actually in the account. The fraudulent documents in the possession of the Chamber had been changed in such a manner, that the Chamber was not aware that the documents were fraudulent.  

Police Investigation revealed that legitimate Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce bank statements had been replaced with altered financial statements to disguise shortfalls in the account.  This led the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce to believe that their account was in good standing, when in reality, the true account balance was far less. 

Police obtained court orders for financial records which revealed that Port Elgin Pumpkinfest money was being channeled into a personal bank account. This was accomplished through a series of illegitimate cheques written over a two year period on the Pumpkinfest account. 

On July 23rd 2010, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Coordinator Lisa IRWIN (32) from Kincardine Township was arrested and charged.  Lisa IRWIN will appear in Walkerton court on September 27th 2010 to answer to 25 charges including Forgery, Utter Forged Document, and Theft over $5000. The thefts total approximately $67,000. IRWIN is no longer employed with the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Committee.  The Chamber of Commerce has taken steps to ensure this could not happen again.

Dan Rivett

Chief of Police


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