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Tracy Kitch, left, the former chief executive of the IWK Health Centre, walks outside the provincial court with her lawyer, in Halifax, on Nov. 8, 2021.Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

A former Halifax hospital CEO convicted of fraud has been granted bail one day after being sentenced to five months in jail.

Tracy Kitch was released on a $20,000 surety following a court appearance during which she agreed to abide by several conditions until her appeal, which was set for March 7.

Kitch was found guilty in February of using a corporate credit card to pay for about $47,000 in personal expenses.

Her bail conditions require her to reside at her Ontario address and prohibit her from seeking or gaining employment or a volunteer position where she would have authority over money.

Although Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Justice Anne Derrick says she doesn’t believe Kitch is a flight risk, the judge is requiring the ex-hospital CEO to report to Halifax Regional Police by phone on a weekly basis.

Kitch resigned from her position at the IWK Health Centre in August 2017 after an independent audit revealed discrepancies in her expenses.

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