One of the two people accused of committing fraud while heading up an adoption agency has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud over $5,000.
Rick Hayhow entered his plea Friday afternoon in a Kitchener courtroom.
Hayhow was the general manager of Imagine Adoption, which went bankrupt in 2009.
Prosecutors have alleged that he – and his ex-wife, Imagine Adoption executive director Susan Hayhow – used $420,000 of the agency’s money to finance home renovations and other personal expenses.
A jury trial was held earlier this year for both Hayhows, but a mistrial was declared after eight days and a new trial ordered.
Susan Hayhow was not present during Friday’s proceedings. Her case remains before the courts, separate from Rick Hawhow’s plea.
When Imagine Adoption suddenly declared bankruptcy, hundreds of families were in the midst of adoption processes through the agency – some of which never continued.
More to come.