Over 100 CRA employees investigated for fraud in last five years: Report

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A total 110 employees of the Canada Revenue Agency have been investigated for fraud in the past five years, according to Blacklock’s Reporter, citing records.

The report said 20 were fired and it was the highest number of known fraud probes in any federal department or agency.

“Data provided have been drawn from discipline records that are available by fiscal year and include founded misconduct that could be interpreted to be fraudulent,” the Agency wrote in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons, according to Blacklock’s. The alleged fraud ranged from faked sick leave to misuse of government-issue charge cards.

The Agency invoked the Privacy Act in refusing to detail all cases. Of 110 employees cited a total 80 “faced discipline but were not terminated.” The remaining 10 are believed to have resigned, according to Blacklock’s.

“The protection of taxpayers and employees information is fundamental the Agency,” said the Inquiry. “The Privacy Act identifies situations where the use and disclosure of personal information is permitted. While statistical reporting may not appear to be revealing personal information there is the possibility the identification of information could be determined.”

Disclosure of the Canada Revenue Agency investigations follow a 2021 internal memo in which managers said they feared employees would misappropriate pandemic relief money.

This article was originally sourced by www.o.canada.com.