02/23/2007 1:00AM

Bookkeeper charged in theft


A woman who worked as a bookkeeper at Kinghaven Farm in Ontario faces charges of fraud and theft after turning herself in to York Regional Police investigators on Tuesday.

The woman, Christiane Krohn, 58, is alleged to have misappropriated $523,000 from the farm by writing unauthorized checks to herself between January 1999 and December 2006.

Kinghaven, in King City, Ontario, is owned by David Willmot, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Founded in 1967 by Willmot's father, the late David Willmot, Kinghaven went on to become one of Canada's most successful racing and breeding operations but has scaled back in recent years.

Krohn was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 29.