Mobile Crisis Services employee charged after ‘financial irregularities’

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Regina police have charged a 61-year-old woman with theft and fraud. The woman was once employed by Regina’s Mobile Crisis Services.

In July 2021 an investigation begun by the police’s financial crime unit. The non-profit, community-based organization had undergone changes in accounting and switched to a new financial management system back in March 2021.

The organization had discovered a pattern of “financial irregularities” during the transition and accompanying audit.

Mobile Crisis Services said “MNP LLP was hired by Mobile Crisis Services in July 2021 to perform an independent forensic audit and financial investigation after irregularities were detected in the organization’s payroll process”

“The report was then referred to the Regina Police Service for criminal investigation.

The named employee from Mobile Crisis Services was Arlene Marie Irving of Regina. She was dismissed as a result of the report from MNP.

The organization added that additional and appropriate safeguards and controls were implemented to ensure it is complying and operating effectively and efficiently.

Regina police stated that Irving had moved to British Columbia prior to the conclusion of the investigation but police in B.C. assisted Regina police in serving Irving with a summons. She was to appear in Regina Provincial Court on Monday.

Mobile Crisis Services runs services involving “social and health crisis interventions to youth, individuals, families and seniors” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The not-for-profit, which employs about 30 highly trained, professional crisis workers, took approximately 30,000 calls in 2021.

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