North Glengarry tax collector loses job following forensic audit

Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 to reflect new information from North Glengarry. 

Sandra Cameron, the Township of North Glengarry’s tax collector, was “released from her employment” following an ongoing forensic audit.

According to a release published on November 9, Deloitte, the firm conducting the audit, presented the township with an interim report.

“The report confirmed the nature and scale of transactions which, in the Township’s view, violated municipal policies and practices,” read the release. “In accordance with the Township’s insurance policy, the Ontario Provincial Police has been contacted.”

Ongoing audit

In January, the township found discrepancies in hundreds of taxpayers accounts, and has since been working to make corrections.

As a result of these discrepancies, the township hired Deloitte to carry out a forensic audit to “clarify if fraud is a root cause of the taxation discrepancies.”

In a follow-up email, The Review asked North Glengarry CAO Daniel Gagnon if the report can confirm whether fraud was committed. 

“Only the OPP can determine if what we have seen can be characterized as fraud. We shared the interim forensic report with them,” he wrote. “We will work with the OPP as they require.” 

Gagnon added that the township can’t comment on which policies and practices were violated.

About 500 accounts have been corrected, though Gagnon wrote “some were deemed to be unaffected and others required more in-depth correction.” He cited “various processes” prevented the township from releasing a dollar figure associated to the discrepancies.