The Township of North Glengarry has commissioned a forensic audit after discovering “discrepancies” in numerous tax accounts this winter.

Township council made the decision at a special council meeting on Thursday, March 23. In a press release published on Monday, March 27, the township said auditors from Deloitte will “be on site within days” and the cost of the audit will be covered by the municipality’s insurance.

The audit is necessary “to clarify if fraud is a root cause of the taxation discrepancies,” according to the release.

Meanwhile, the township says it has been working with a municipal auditing firm based in Cornwall, and 111 “discrepancies” in accounts have been identified and corrected. The township says the discrepancies “typically relate to the manner in which payments, penalty and interest were applied and reported.”

A statement attributed to CAO Daniel Gagnon said the township “cannot comment any further, nor share any details until the forensic audit is complete and Council thoroughly briefed on the results.”

North Glengarry first announced that problems with some tax accounts had been found on February 2.