Woman arrested, extradited from Spain in Vaughan fraud case

Police allege the woman submitted fraudulent bills to an Ontario manufacturer totalling $5.5 million over 14 months.

VAUGHAN, Ont. — A Canadian woman who had been living in Spain has been arrested and extradited in connection with a multi-million dollar fraud case involving a manufacturing company in Vaughan.

York Regional Police say the woman was working as a senior manager at Crane Payment Solutions between March 2014 and May this year, when she allegedly set up fake account payables similar in name to real account payables for the company.

Police allege that over a 14-month period, the woman submitted fraudulent bills to her employer totalling $5.5 million, which were paid.

In late May, after being confronted by management regarding accounting discrepancies, police say the woman fled from Canada to Europe.

Police say the woman was arrested near Malaga in Spain, where it’s believed she had been living, and was brought back to Canada this week.

Fifty-five-year-old Natalia Pouchkina faces charges of fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000.

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