A fraud investigation has been launched following the discovery of some financial irregularities in West Hants' books.
A representative with Deloitte presented the firm's findings at a committee of the whole meeting Sept. 23.
“In the process of conducting the audit, management identified unusual financial transactions made by the CAO that may be fraudulent in nature,” said Derrick Dempster during the meeting.
Dempster was referring to various transactions made by Cheryl Chislett, the municipality's chief administrative officer who has been on sick leave since June 23, 2014.
Deloitte conducted a “limited scope forensic investigation” into the suspected anomalies that were brought to their attention by West Hants staff.
According to the report, there is $11,315 in expenditures that were allegedly incurred by the CAO in the 2014 fiscal year “that did not appear to be related to municipal business.” An additional $9,931 was listed as the payout of vacation time to the CAO that was “not in accordance with the municipality's personnel policy.”
Chislett went on administrative leave June 23 following an alleged assault that took place in Martock. She currently faces a charge of assault with a weapon and is due to return to court Oct. 7. That charge is not related to her employment with the municipality.
Interim CAO Cathy Osborne, who began her term with the municipality on July 9, advised council she referred the matter to the RCMP for further investigation.
Following the meeting, Osborne said she cannot speak too much on the file as…