Anne Squires, the former owner of Exit Realty on the Rock, has changed her plea. Squires says she’s guilty of fraud, theft and forgery—but both sides have yet to work out a dollar figure in the case.
Initially, Anne Squires entered not guilty pleas, and had elected trial by judge and jury. That trial was scheduled to begin April 2, but when that day came, the trial was postponed.
Today in court both the Crown and defence indicated they’re working on an Agreed Statement of Facts in the case, and Anne Squires changed her pleas on four counts, including theft over $5,000, and fraud over $5,000.
Police allege that Squires created fictitious purchases and sale agreements to secure commission advances from a financial company in Ontario.
There is one issue holding up the matter from proceeding to sentencing, however, and that’s the amount of money involved.
If counsel cannot agree on the total sum of money, it will have to go to trial, even with the guilty pleas entered.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for June. If a solution is found by then, the matter will proceed to facts and sentencing. Otherwise, court time has been scheduled for a trial to begin September 30.