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CanadaFormer CEO of Halifax children's hospital facing four-week fraud trial in May

19:31  02 july  2019
19:31  02 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The former CEO of Atlantic Canada’s largest children ’ s hospital has chosen to face a potentially lengthy and complex fraud trial in provincial court, her The trial would include a review of the Grant Thornton probe of expenses over a three– to four -year period. “Much of that material may be at issue

HALIFAX —On the day fraud and breach-of-trust charges were laid against former IWK Health Centre CEO Tracy Kitch, the provincial Department of The report also found Kitch performed a review of the Montreal Children ’ s Hospital and was compensated with an honorarium and expense reimbursement.

Former CEO of Halifax children's hospital facing four-week fraud trial in May © THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lee Brown The IWK Health Centre road sign in Halifax, N.S., Aug. 10, 2015.

HALIFAX — The former CEO of Atlantic Canada's largest children's hospital is expected to face a four-week fraud trial in Halifax provincial court starting May 4.

Tracy Kitch did not appear in court on Tuesday, but her lawyer — Joel Pink — appeared on her behalf. Outside court, Pink said his client would enter a not-guilty plea at a later date.

Crown attorney Peter Dostal said he expects to call more than 30 witnesses to testify.

"We're dealing with quite a complex commercial crime fraud trial, which generally involves a high degree of documents that need to be gone through," Dostal said outside the courtroom.

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HALIFAX — The former CEO of Halifax ’ s IWK Health Centre is expected to enter a plea on fraud and breach of trust charges next week . Tracy Kitch’ s case was set over in Halifax provincial court until June 18 for election and plea. Defence lawyer Joel Pink asked for the delay today to give him time to meet

HALIFAX — The former CEO of Halifax ' s IWK Health Centre is expected to enter a plea on fraud and breach of trust charges next week . Tracy Kitch' s case was set over in Halifax provincial court until June 18 for election and plea.

The Crown's disclosure of evidence amounts to 4,500 pages of financial documents.

Pink said the trial could be over within three weeks if the Crown and defence can reach agreements on key evidence during a pre-trial conference on Aug. 2.

An independent review concluded Kitch owed tens of thousands of dollars for "potentially personal'' expenses charged to her IWK Health Centre credit card between August 2014 and June 2017.

She resigned as CEO of the Halifax children's hospital in August 2017 and was later charged with breach of trust and fraud over $5,000.

Kitch, a former vice-president at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, was arrested at her home in Oakville, Ont., in October 2018.

Kitch served as CEO of the IWK between 2014 and 2017. She was earning an annual salary of $296,289 at the time of her departure.

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HALIFAX —The former CEO of Halifax ’ s IWK Health Centre is expected to make a plea on fraud and breach of trust charges in June. Tracy Kitch’ s case was put off Monday in Halifax provincial court until June 10 for election and plea. Defence lawyer Joel Pink said in an interview that Crown and defence

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Police said they launched an investigation following a complaint of financial mismanagement from the IWK board of directors on Sept. 20, 2017.

The hospital's chief financial officer, Stephen D'Arcy, stepped down five days later.

He was later charged with breach of trust, unauthorized use of a computer and mischief to data. The Toronto resident turned himself into police.

During Tuesday's court hearing, it was confirmed that D'Arcy had elected to be tried by a judge and jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

A five-day preliminary hearing, which will decide whether there is enough evidence to send his case to trial, has been scheduled to begin on Jan. 20, 2020, in Halifax provincial court.

Outside court, Dostal said D'Arcy's decision to face trial in a higher court is sure to prolong the case.

"It will drag out the matter for Mr. D'Arcy," Dostal said. "Perhaps there are some tactical benefits he's interested in taking advantage of."

Dostal said up to 15 witnesses were expected to testify during the preliminary hearing.

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