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IWK Health Centre taking former CEO to court over owed expenses

The IWK announced on Monday that they'd be launching a legal claim against their former CEO, Tracy Kitch.
The IWK announced on Monday that they'd be launching a legal claim against their former CEO, Tracy Kitch. Rebecca Lau/Global News

The IWK Health Centre is set file a legal claim against Tracy Kitch, the organization’s former CEO, after they did not receive the remaining funds she owes the hospital over improper expense claims.

According to an IWK spokesperson, Kitch still owes around $10,000.

“As of 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, the IWK Health Centre has not received additional funds from the former CEO,” Nick Cox wrote in an email on Monday.

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Both Kitch and the hospital’s chief financial officer, Stephen D’Arcy, have resigned after an independent audit found that Kitch had billed the hospital $47,273.32 in personal expenses or for expenses that weren’t properly justified.

Two weeks ago,  Halifax Regional Police announced they had received an official complaint regarding financial mismanagement within the IWK Health Centre.

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“This investigation is anticipated to take some time to complete and police are not prepared to speak to specifics nor potential suspects at this time,” wrote Const. Dianne Penfound in a press release on Sept. 21, 2017.

WATCH: N.S. auditor general to investigate IWK, provide information to police

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N.S. auditor general to investigate IWK, provide information to police

Nova Scotia’s auditor general, Michael Pickup, said he will conduct financial and performance audits of the IWK’s books and practices in the wake of the ongoing expense scandal at one of Atlantic Canada’s largest hospitals.

Pickup also said he would turn over all the information his office has to police “for their consideration on any possible legal matters.”

“I am gravely concerned with the ineffectiveness of financial controls and lack of rigour in financial management as publicly reported by the IWK in recent weeks,” said Pickup in a statement.

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