TNRD board's 'financial irregularities' turned over to RCMP

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The TNRD has faced much public and media scrutiny after it was revealed earlier this year that former Chief Administrative Officer Sukh Gill had accumulated more than half a million dollars in expenses in the five-year period from 2015 to 2020, for which taxpayers were on the hook.

These expenses ranged from the legitimate, such as UBCM conference fees, to the questionable, such as a purchase totalling $1,119.44 at Anne Louise Jewellers in Vancouver, for which no detail or explanation was provided with the receipt.

TNRD board members voted to authorize an independent, third-party forensic audit at their Mar. 11 regular Board of Directors meeting. However, according to a statement released by the Regional District on Mar. 26, the RCMP will now also be reviewing the TNRD’s financial records.

“On March 19, 2021, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District released a public Request for Proposals to conduct an independent review and forensic audit of its financial records,” reads the statement.

“Separate and apart from that process, information concerning potential financial irregularities has been forwarded to the RCMP for investigation. The TNRD’s financial review and forensic audit will proceed as planned, but will be independent of any investigation the RCMP might undertake. Information obtained during the audit will be forwarded to the RCMP, where applicable,” the statement continues.

“The TNRD remains committed to ensuring full transparency and accountability throughout this process, and will report to the public with the results of the forensic audit. However, The TNRD cannot make further comments regarding this RCMP matter or any other criminal investigation.”

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald