The Canadian government has fired 17 local recruits from its embassy in Haiti after uncovering a system of fraud that cost the diplomatic mission $1.7 million over 12 years, Global Affairs Canada says. Global Affairs told Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language service, the investigation began in spring 2015 and uncovered "inadequate practices" at the embassy in Port-au-Prince. Investigators found the staffers inflated bills, diverted and stole materials and colluded with local suppliers between 2004 and 2016. Global Affairs said the embassy has stopped dealing with all suppliers implicated in the fraud and an investigation is underway to see if Canadian staff were involved in any way. Global Affairs said the relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew were not affected.
Source: CBC News January 12, 2017 02:00 UTC