Guilty plea for embezzlement expected from ex-ODA funder

In 2017, the former Abbotsford Police Department employee was ordered to repay the city more than $300,000, according to police.

The former Abbotsford Police Department finance officer is expected to plead guilty to one or more embezzlement charges in Vancouver Provincial Court on March 25.

In June 2020, RCMP said Shelley Dallas Mickens had been charged with breach of trust, fraud over $5,000, and theft over $5,000.

“This case is on your list for an intentional guilty plea,” Mickens’ attorney Michael Evans told Judge Maria Giardini on March 17.

It is still unclear what charge or charges a plea could address.

In court on Thursday, Evans told the judge his client had health issues.

The RCMP also said in 2020 that in September 2017, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ordered Mickens to repay the city of Abbotsford more than $300,000 in parallel civil court proceedings in the case.

The Surrey resident surrendered to police at the time and was arrested by investigators.

RCMP said Mickens served as the Abbotsford Police Department’s chief financial officer from 1999 to 2016.

The alleged offenses allegedly occurred from 2013 until Mickens’ retirement in the summer of 2016.

Shortly after he left, an internal audit of missing funds was completed and the Abbotsford Police Department formally contacted the RCMP and requested an investigation, which began in 2017.

Mickens is also known as Shelley Dallas Boyce or Shelley Dallas Bursill.

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