Ottawa City Regains Part of $ 558,000 Stolen Scam

The city of Ottawa says local Salvation Army homeless shelters will regain at least some of the money stolen after being targeted by fraudsters.

Last week, city treasurer Wendy Stephenson announced that the city had been scammed from $ 558,000 after staff became aware of fraud related to payments to partner agencies.

In a memo to the councilor, Stephenson now states that the partner agency is the Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Center, a local homeless shelter that was the victim of “illegal activity.”

Of the $ 558,000 stolen, $ 355,000 is in the process of being returned to the city’s account, and more is expected in the near future, according to the city’s banks.

The Salvation Army is cooperating with police investigations.

The city has also launched its own internal investigation into how money was stolen.

Laura Ottoman

Canadian press