Dead wife’s fraud costs B.C. man nearly $250K and the family home

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The widower of a woman who stole more than half a million dollars from Vancouver Coastal Health has been ordered to give up his interest in the family home and pay nearly $250,000 in restitution.

Miroslaw Moscipan’s wife, Wanda, amassed a small fortune by misappropriating funds at the tail end of her two-decade career as an administrator at Vancouver General Hospital, according to a B.C. Supreme Court judgment.

Between 2003 and 2011, she defrauded Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) of $574,647, Justice Leonard Marchand wrote Tuesday.

Marchand’s judgment found Miroslaw Moscipan liable for “his knowing receipt” of the proceeds of his wife’s misappropriations, even though he had only “constructive rather than actual knowledge” of the fraud.

Wanda Moscipan accomplished the theft mainly by asking busy doctors for blank cheque requisitions, which she placed into an account she controlled, according to the judgment.

She used some of that money to support her stay-at-home husband and three children and to pay for vacations and the purchase of 13 vehicles over the years, including cars, SUVs, and motorcycles.

The fraud was uncovered in 2011, but Wanda Moscipan died of cancer the next year. VCH filed suit against her widower to recover the funds.

At trial, Miroslaw Moscipan told the court he had lived a frugal life and had no knowledge of his wife’s fraud. But he also admitted that his spouse had been secretive about her finances; he said he suspected she was receiving large amounts of money from her father to support their lifestyle.

The judge said he believed Wanda Moscipan had pulled the wool over her husband’s eyes, given that she was “obviously adept at fooling people close to her regarding financial matters.”

But even so, Miroslaw Moscipan should have realized that something was off, in part, because his wife’s siblings didn’t appear to be enjoying the same apparent windfall from their father, Marchand wrote.

The judge’s decision requires the widower to give up his 50 per cent interest in the family home in North Vancouver, currently assessed at $1.49 million. He will also have to pay $246,073, his estimated benefit from his wife’s scheme.

Read the full story at the CBC.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.