PORT ROBINSON, ON, Aug. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - On May 24, 2014, Niagara Support Services became aware of a serious breach of trust involving suspected financial fraud by a support worker affecting a group of individuals we support and their personal funds.
When this was discovered, we took a number of immediate steps:
- We contacted the Niagara Regional Police Service and our Ministry officials through their Serious Occurrence reporting protocol.
- We engaged a forensic accounting firm to conduct our own internal investigation to assist the police.
- We suspended and later terminated the employment of the employee in question.
We continue to work closely with the NRPS Fraud Unit to assist in the investigation.
All of the individuals affected and their families were notified right away, and were kept informed of the investigation's progress over the past two years. Knowing that the investigation and court process could be incredibly long and drawn out, our Board of Directors decided to reimburse the affected individuals based on the findings of the forensic accounting firm's review. This ensured that these individuals received a reimbursement before the conclusion of a court process that could be long, uncertain and difficult.
SOURCE Niagara Support Services
For further information: Andrew Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Niagara Support Services, 905.384.3137, [email protected]