Blouin pays back $27,000 in fraud case, charges dropped
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 27, 2017
Fraud charges have been dropped against Susan Elizabeth Blouin, 48, after she chose to pay full restitution to a private lender who claimed she lost $27,000.
“As far as the court is concerned, the restitution has been paid in full and as a result, the criminal charges were withdrawn,” said Det. Doris Carriere of the Durham Regional Police major fraud unit.
“The court did not order her to do that [pay restitution]. She still had an option to go to court if she felt that she wanted to fight the case,” said Carriere.
The matter was resolved at the Oshawa courthouse on July 19. There was no admission of guilt.
Blouin, who was hired to manage Nomi Resort in Harcourt, was charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
The private lender, Anna Argante, said she provided Blouin a $5,000 loan to build a new home in Port Perry and a $22,000 loan for a similar project in Oshawa, but neither project materialized. She filed a complaint with the fraud unit in June 2016.
Argante was relieved when she received the news.
“I honestly thought I would have to endure a long civil procedure to recover my lost money,” she said in an email. “I am so thankful to get my investment monies back into my bank account.”
The fraud unit isn’t investigating Blouin for any other matters, confirmed Carriere.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.