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Funds missing from Community Health Centre

After learning that approximately $230,000 had been misappropriated from the Bridges Community Health Centre over the past four years, an employee was fired and police are investigating fraud in the finance department.

A forensic audit was conducted earlier this year of the government-funded health centre that serves Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Wainfleet with a budget of $3.6 million.

Russ Wilson, president of Bridges CHC, said the incident did not affect how the organization was able to conduct its operations.

The investigation so far has taken 10 months and could take even more time, he said.

According to its annual report, Bridges reported a $143,000 surplus which will be transferred back to the provincial government.

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  1. Catherine | Jul 6, 2013 | Reply

    Who pays for the forensic audit? In my opinion, this is something that requires accountability on many levels. How could the Executive Director not have known where this money was? That is a lot of money! The brass that this ED reports to needs to step in and take over until this is resolved.

  2. Mike Cloutier | Jul 6, 2013 | Reply

    Bridges CHC has been somewhat under-reported in the media. I think the audit funds would have come out of the CHC’s general budget. There’s a lot of ways money could get funneled out. I’d agree with you if there was negligence involved on the part of managers’ not catching it. I’d have some questions for the auditors of the regular year-end reports to find out how this could go on for so long.

    Wilson said he would answer all my questions when it comes to a close, but who knows when that will be? The CHC is trying to recover the money and the person will likely be charged.

    I feel sad for the person responsible and the situation that would possess him or her to do this.

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