DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: A former executive director of North House has been arrested and charged with fraud.
42 year-old Ian Faulkner was arrested for allegedly defrauding the charity of over $55,000.
According to a recent press release, from Durham Regional Police, the investigation began in June, 2017, after North House “reported their Executive Director was stealing from the company. They indicated cash and credit card accounts were used for unauthorized personal purchases including sporting event tickets and restaurants over a five month period. Several unauthorized cheques were also written, in the name of the accused, and cashed.”
The release goes on to state that after several months, working with the North House board of directors and “local banks”, the 42 year-old Oshawa man was arrested.
Mr. Faulkner was hired in January of 2017. He was terminated in early June.
North House is a charity, based in Uxbridge and Cannington, that works in North Durham to help those who are homeless.
“The Board of Directors and staff are very pleased that Mr. Faulkner has been arrested. It is one of the final steps the organization needs to take to put this all behind us and move forward to a brighter future. All of us at North House give our thanks to the Durham Regional Police, for their unwavering support and determination over these past few months,” Mona Emond, the current executive director of North House, told The Standard.
She also stressed that since Mr. Faulkner was let go, North House has strengthened their financial policies.
“I can assure anyone who has donated in the past that we have taken every possible step to ensure this will never happen again. I would also ask them to remember that this happened ‘to’ us, and we are a victim in all of this. We didn’t choose this, but I can tell you we are stronger because of it. If you care about your community and the people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, North House ensures they receive the help they need. I urge everyone to continue to donate and to help those in need in their community,” Ms. Emond said.
Mr. Faulkner is facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order.
Police are asking anyone with additional information to contact D/Cst. Finley of the North Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2017.
As always, anoynmous information can be given to Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477, or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca
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