Former president has criminal past
Published Friday, March 2, 2012 7:50PM MST
New details are coming out about the former president of the Mount Royal University's Student Association after she was arrested in connection with a robbery at a southeast bank.
On Wednesday, a woman entered the Servus Credit Union in the 5300 block of 68 Ave. S.E. and approached the teller.
She handed over a note saying she had a weapon and demanded cash.
She then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
With the assistance of HAWC2, the suspect's vehicle was tracked and she was subsequently arrested by members of the tactical team.
Meghan Melnyk appeared in court on Friday charged with breaching probation, fraud, robbery, possession of a prohibited weapon, and committing an indictable offence while disguised.
The charges come as a surprise to many, but court records show Melnyk has been in trouble with the law before.
- In 2008 she was convicted of possessing a stolen truck
- In 2010, she fraudulently obtained social insurance number, was fined $500 , but never paid the fine
In light of these criminal revelations, some of Melnyk's past political opponents want to see better screening for Mount Royal Student Association candidates.
"Something has to be done. Right now there is no background checks done on student executives whatsoever other than to make sure their GPA is high enough. And when you're talking about student executives, they have access to a lot of money," said Kyle McQuarrie, former candidate.
Calgary police are now investigating reports of problems at the students association while Melnyk was president.
Police confirm that they received reports of irregularities and have opened an investigation into the matter.
The irregularities were discovered during one of the association's regular reviews while Melnyk was president.
"Our reviews were conducted around November. They were on going the preliminary investigation upon completion, all of that information was handed over to authorities," said Michelle Dennis from the MRUSA.
The association says they are now reviewing their bylaws but point out that they already have significant checks and balances in place that may have worked in this case to uncover any problems.