The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) had the highest number of fraud probes out of any federal department, a new report shows.
According to Blacklock’s Reporter, 110 employees at the CRA were subject to a misconduct investigation in the last 5 years.
The Agency revealed its disciplinary records in response to an Inquiry of Ministry.
“Data provided have been drawn from discipline records that are available by fiscal year and include founded misconduct that could be interpreted to be fraudulent,” staff wrote.
When breaking down the numbers even further, 20 employees were fired or otherwise terminated while 80 were disciplined but not fired and only 10 did not face any disciplinary action.
“The protection of taxpayers and employees information is fundamental the Agency,” staff explained.
“The Privacy Act identifies situations where the use and disclosure of personal information is permitted. While statistical reporting may not appear to be revealing personal information there is the possibility the identification of information could be determined.”
Misconduct could include anything from theft, faked expenses, misuse of charge cards, forgery and other violations.
Other departments plagued by fraud investigations were the Canada Border Services Agency which investigated 109 agents, the Treasury Board which claimed that 55 people with the department faked insurance claims and 38 fraud investigations at the Department of Public Works.
The report follows another inquiry which revealed that the Liberal government wrote off $1.2 million in taxpayer assets as a result of theft and other losses.
Among the theft incidents was a whopping $623,938 stolen from the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund operated by Prairie Economic Development Canada.
The largest loss by Foreign Affairs was an $82,902 donation mistakenly sent to an organization in Algeria.