A Health Canada worker fraudulently charged almost $20,000 worth of personal items to government credit cards, including visits to a spa, meals at restaurants, clothing and cash advances. An internal report on the fraud also says the worker twice collected charitable donations from trusting co-workers, but kept all the money. Auditors concluded the worker should not have been given the credit cards in the first place, partly because there was evidence of personal financial stress.
In the end, Health Canada had to pay the outstanding balances of $11,210 on the cards and dock the worker’s pay in installments, though there was no payback of the stolen donations whose value was not determined. The person was later fired.
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