Skogen, who served as the Executive Director at Hockey Winnipeg for six months (August 2017-February 2018) has been accused of illegally taking $54,447.93 from Hockey Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg resident is said to have used his corporate credit card for multiple personal expenses, totalling a whopping $40,777.93. The majority of Skogen’s purchases were made at the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, as well as on gasoline and general car maintenance. However, other expenses such as groceries, concert tickets, shopping trips, electronics, taxis, live television streams, and purchases at restaurants, bars, hotels and lounges were also debited.
The lawsuit also brings light to the fact that Skogen sent multiple E-Transfers to himself and his roommate, to the tune of $13,670 over the past six months for no apparent reason.
Skogen began transferring money to his personal account just days after he began working for Hockey Winnipeg. The transfers and personal purchases only ceased the day before he was fired.
In laundering roughly $9,000.00 a month, the former Hockey Winnipeg Executive Director attempted to conceal his spendings as best he could. Knowing when his card’s statements would arrive in the mail at the Hockey Winnipeg office, Skogen would allegedly race to rifle through the incoming mail and remove his statement prior to anyone else in the office viewing his expenses.
It was made clear in the claim statement filed for the Winnipeg Court of Queen’s Bench that Skogan knew very well that his own personal expenses were not to be put on the company credit card by any means.
All allegations have yet to be proven in court. There have been no criminal charges laid against Skogan. The accused has yet to file any defence on this lawsuit.
By Carter Brooks
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