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Scams at Canada embassy in Haiti result in USD 1.7M losses

AP  |  Port-au-Prince 

has fired a dozen staffers at its Haiti embassy and is probing others amid an internal investigation that has resulted in estimated losses of USD 1.7 million, an official has said.

Jocelyn Sweet is spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada, a agency that leads humanitarian assistance and manages diplomatic and consular business.

She said the probes which began in 2015 have revealed that locally recruited employees at the Port-au-Prince embassy set up "various schemes" since 2004 that inflated invoices and resulted in the theft of property, among other things.

Canada's international assistance program in Haiti and its humanitarian response to Hurricane Matthew's destruction were not impacted, she stressed.

Meanwhile, an administrative probe is ongoing to review the behavior of Canadian staffers at the embassy in Haiti. There have been no criminal charges filed so far.

Sweet said the Haiti findings have launched audits in other "high risk" locations to determine whether similar cons could be taking place at any of the country's other embassies abroad. Risk assessments identified Canadian missions in Russia, Nigeria, Kenya, India and Algeria that "could be exposed to the same risk factors that manifested in Haiti," she said.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 16:13 IST