Charges Laid Following Fraud Investigation


A Whitby resident faces numerous charges after a fraud investigation into the financial statements of a women’s hockey league.

Investigators from the DRPS Financial Crimes Unit commenced a fraud investigation in December 2020, after receiving reports of irregularities found in banking transactions for the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL).

Following a comprehensive investigation, including the analysis of several years of financial statements, more than $700,000 of league funds were found to have been transferred from the LLFHL bank account to various accounts spanning from early 2017 to 2020. The suspect was employed as the league administrator and treasurer, whose duties included managing the finances of the league.

Sonya SPICER (SCHRAM), age 56, of Playfair Road in Whitby is charged with: Fraud Over $5,000; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 and Obtain by False Pretence Over $5000. She was released on an Undertaking.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Conforti of the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5241.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.


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