A Port Coquitlam city employee has been caught after stealing $175,000 of taxpayers’ money over a span of two and a half years.
The city’s Chief Administrative Officer, John Leeburn, says the employee used the city’s purchasing system and city credit card to buy tools.
He says this was only discovered two months ago.
The staffer re-sold the equipment through a third party broker and pocketed the money.
“Goods that, in almost every case, related to their employment. So, tools, power tools, and small equipment.”
Leeburn says all of the money has been recovered and that the employee has resigned.
But now the city is looking at ways to improve the system so that it doesn’t happen again.
“Our next step is to figure out how we failed, he knew the system very well and played them very well.”
He says the city is conducting its own investigation.
The city has yet to decide if it will file a police report.