Waterloo police investigating former union leader

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The former head of the organization that represents the City of Kitchener’s inside workers has left her job as police investigate tends of thousands of dollars in unusual spending on her union credit card.

Johanna Ellis, who served as president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 791 from 2005 until she left the post suddenly in December 2016, has now also departed her job as an administrative co-ordinator in the city’s program and resource services branch.

Her departure comes after questions were raised about allegedly improper spending on an employer-issued American Express card, and external auditors were brought in. The union passed the auditors’ findings onto Waterloo Regional Police, and the service’s fraud branch is investigating.

No charges have been laid in the ongoing case.

Read more at The Record

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.