The Hamilton public school board is creating a fraud policy in response to the rise of cases appearing throughout the province.
Stoney Creek trustee Jeff Beattie, chair of the policy committee, said the goal is to bring a uniform approach to handling instances of alleged fraud. Allegations are currently dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
“I think it’s a matter of having a consistent process and making sure that it’s perhaps more front-of-mind,” said Beattie.
Associate education director Peter Sovran said fraud could potentially cover anything from falsely claiming sick days and mileage expenses to criminal activity.
“Right away people jump to and say, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a criminal activity there.’ Really, in its most basic term, you say you did something that you didn’t do,” Sovran said.
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