The Regina Qu”Appelle Health Region has learned of possible fraudulent invoicing with a local contractor who had been performing maintenance work at a Regina care home.
The statement of claim alleges AB Electric Corp. was the contractor who allegedly conducted invoices in an illegal manner while providing maintenance and renovation services to Pioneer Village between 2011 and 2017.
Regina Qu”Appelle Health Region President and CEO, Keith Dewar said the field where the alleged fraud occurred is somewhat prone to these issues.
“It’s an area that is somewhat prone to fraudulent activity,” Dewar told reporters on Wednesday. “With the very nature of the types of the service you are requiring, the difficulty in just monitoring all those little pieces of work all the time, so you have to be very careful how you set that up.
Dewar says an internal investigation shows concerns are limited to the administrative side of the work done and in no way the physical maintenance services performed by A-B Electric Corp.
Dewar added they have also notified the Provincial Auditor and filed a loss report to the Financial Services Branch and Ministry of Health.
The loss could be more than $100,000.
Immediate steps were taken to relieve the contractor of its duties with the health region.