A Winnipeg woman accused of stealing from a trust fund for her dying niece is being grilled by prosecutors today.
Sheryl Matheson, 43, set up the fund for her niece, Jessica Bondar, who was waiting for a heart transplant.
Thousands of dollars were raised in donations from the public.
Bondar died in 2011. Weeks later, Matheson was arrested and charged with theft and fraud.
Prosecutors have repeatedly asked Matheson if she has receipts or credit card statements for thousands of dollars worth of withdrawals from the fund.
Matheson has admitted she doesn’t, but, maintains all the money was used to help the niece and her family.
She broke down in tears under stiff questioning saying, ‘My niece was dying, I didn’t question it.’
Later she told court she knew she was telling the truth.
Matheson says there’s an honest explanation for her taking money out of the fund.
She has admitted to using thousands of dollars to buy advertising for a company where she worked. She says her boss promised to pay that back.
She was eventually fired from that job.