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How $2M in government grant money was allegedly stolen from the YMCA + shadow of COVID restrictions cause turmoil in Alberta – The Star

May 21, 2024

Inside an alleged conspiracy to steal government funds, ongoing turmoil over COVID-era restrictions and the state of housing on Indigenous reserves.

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Here’s the latest on an alleged conspiracy to steal millions in government money, ongoing turmoil over COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta and the state of housing on Indigenous reserves.


An alleged inside job saw more than $2 million in government grant money stolen from the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is suing a former employee, alleging she orchestrated a kickback scheme that defrauded the charity and robbed taxpayers of more than $2 million, Brendan Kennedy reports. The individual, Christine Ruth Burns, is accused of conspiring with others to steal millions intended for a job-training program funded by the federal government. In October 2023, Burns was criminally charged with fraud, identity theft and uttering forged documents. The YMCA’s statement of claim names eight individuals — including Burns’ husband — and eight companies as defendants; the allegations have not been proven in court. Take a deep dive into the details.

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