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Former Kelowna social worker accused of fraud quarantining for COVID-19 exposure

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One of the alleged victims of a former Kelowna social worker who allegedly stole money from those left in his charge reacts now that he has been criminally charged. – Dec 9, 2020

A former Kelowna social worker who is facing more than a dozen charges, including fraud and breach of trust, is now quarantining after a potential COVID-19 exposure.

Robert Riley Saunders was arrested in Alberta in early December.

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Court heard that he is still there because the transport truck had to be turned around after authorities were alerted to a potential coronavirus exposure.

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On Thursday, Saunders called into his scheduled court appearance. He’s still in custody and expected to quarantine until Dec. 22.

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After that, the former social worker is expected to be transferred back to Kelowna at some point for an in-person court appearance.

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Saunders is facing 13 charges, including breach of trust, 10 counts of fraud over $5,000, one count of theft over $5,000 and one count of uttering a forged document.

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Extended interview with a former foster child after Kelowna social worker arrested – Dec 9, 2020

According to documents filed in a civil suit, Saunders allegedly opened joint bank accounts with foster kids and then stole the ministry money meant for their food, clothing and shelter.

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A class-action lawsuit against the Ministry of Children and Family Development settled for millions of dollars names more than 100 alleged victims.

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A date for a bail hearing is expected to be set in the near future.

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