Two for­mer top IWK of­fi­cials charged in wake of ex­penses scan­dal

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY JOHN MCPHEE THE CHRON­I­CLE HER­ALD

For­mer top of­fi­cials at the IWK Health Cen­tre are fac­ing charges in­clud­ing fraud and breach of trust more than a year af­ter they left the hospi­tal amid mis­spending al­le­ga­tions.

For­mer CEO Tracy Leanne Kitch, 57, of Oakville, Ont., was ar­rested at her home Oct 23. For­mer CFO Stephen D’Arcy, 55, of Toronto sur­ren­dered to po­lice.

Kitch is charged with fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust, Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice said in a news re­lease. D’Arcy faces charges of breach of trust, unau­tho­rized use of com­puter and mis­chief to data.

Both are sched­uled to ap­pear in Hal­i­fax provin­cial court on Dec. 20.

Kitch quit as the IWK’s CEO in Au­gust 2017 af­ter it was dis­cov­ered she had used a cor­po­rate credit card to pay for per­sonal ex­penses. An ac­count­ing firm iden­ti­fied $48,000 in ques­tion­able ex­penses.

The ex­ec­u­tive’s cor­po­rate credit card state­ments re­port­edly in­cluded thou­sands of dol­lars charged by The Bay last Novem­ber, mul­ti­ple charges from iTunes and Net­flix, and more than $2,000 for a li­mou­sine ser­vice.

Kitch joined the IWK in Au­gust 2014 and was earn­ing an an­nual salary of $296,289.

She was pre­vi­ously the ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of pa­tient care and chief nurs­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Mount Si­nai Hospi­tal in Toronto.

D’Arcy left the IWK in Septem­ber 2017.

“We are pleased this mat­ter is mov­ing for­ward. As it is now be­fore the courts we will not be com­ment­ing fur­ther,” said IWK board chair­woman Karen Hutt in a news re­lease Oct. 23.

The board asked po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate Kitch’s travel and hos­pi­tal­ity ex­penses af­ter au­di­tor Grant Thorn­ton probed her spend­ing.

Dr. Krista Jan­gaard took over as in­terim CEO af­ter Kitch’s depar­ture and was re­cently hired in the role per­ma­nently.

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