A 55-year-old woman from King Township has been sentenced to six years in prison in a $5.5 million fraud investigation.
Natalia Pouchkina was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison, following a guilty plea to the charge of Fraud Over $5,000.
She was also ordered to pay a $5,476,000 restitution that if she fails to pay, she will have to serve an additional five years in prison.
Between March 2014 and May 2015, she was employed as a senior manager of Crane Payment Solutions based in Vaughan.
While employed, she set up fake account and over a 14-month period she submitted fraudulent bills to her employer totaling close to $5.5 million dollars.
In late May, after being confronted by management regarding accounting discrepancies, the suspect fled from Canada to Europe.
An international arrest warrant was obtained by York Regional Police and on September 15, 2015, after receiving a tip, the accused was arrested by Spanish National Police near Malaga, Spain.
She was returned back to Canada on October 22, 2015 after she waived her right to an extradition hearing in the Spanish Federal Court.