IG news Update,
Nearly five years after allegations of financial mismanagement among senior staff at two Iqaluit women’s shelters emerged, the RCMP investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
A report released last week by Nunavut’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Graham Steele confirms that the police investigation is ongoing.
In 2017, CBC News reported that the Nunavut government was launching a forensic audit in YWCA Agwick Nunavut amid allegations.
At the time, it was reported that the allegations came from a slew of anonymously leaked documents obtained by CBC News that purportedly detail the organization’s financial statements over the past several years.
The documents were sent to local politicians, federal officials and YWCA Canada CEO Maya Roy.
According to leaked documents, salaries and reimbursements of employees were being scrutinized by the organization’s auditors, chartered accountant Lester Landau, for the organization’s 2015/2016 financial statements.
A letter to auditors at the time noted that the executive director of YWCA Agvvik received approximately $75,000 in “shift replacement payments” that were “out of the employee’s regular pay and that there was no way of reviewing or approving these additional payments.” There was no evidence.”
The auditors also noted that employees were given offer letters that were inconsistent with a pay scale approved by the board of directors, and that employee received an annual $200 bonus without board approval.
In addition, auditors raised concerns about how the former chairman of the board signed blank checks in advance, so that “checks could be issued when the board chairman was unavailable.” The auditors also noted that employees were reimbursed for travel expenses that appeared to be “personal in nature”.
The Nunavut government confirmed at the time that the Department of Family Services was investigating – it audited YWCA Agvvik conducted by a private accounting firm. The Finance Department later began its own audit of the organization, carried out by the Internal Audit Division of the Government of Nunavut, and it produced two reports.
In March 2021, the RCMP confirmed to CBC News that the allegations were being investigated by the Nunavut RCMP and that the Federal Serious Organized Crime Unit was leading the investigation.
preventable government audits
The Information and Privacy Commissioner’s report came last week in response to a recent access to information by CBC News that sought to obtain an audit.
Commissioner Steel supported the Nunavut government’s decision not to issue the audit, citing the RCMP’s ongoing investigation.
According to the Steel report, the departments consulted with the RCMP, and refused disclosure of their audit documents on the grounds that the audit report was compiled as part of an investigation and that the disclosure could affect the investigation. Is.
The Department of Family Services and Finance said they would withhold their external audit report until criminal charges were filed in connection with the investigation or the RCMP publicly states that no criminal charges would be filed.
Steele agreed with this position, stating that “there is a reasonable possibility that the RCMP may be prejudiced by the disclosure of the investigation report.”