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Former federal adviser who overcharged government charged with fraud

Former federal adviser who overcharged government charged with fraud
Former federal adviser who overcharged government charged with fraud


OTTAWA — A former federal adviser has been charged with fraud after overbilling the government by $25,000.

According to the RCMP, Clara Elaine Visser is charged with fraud involving amounts over $5,000. This follows an investigation first launched three years ago by Public Services and Procurement Canada.

According to the RCMP, the charge is based on evidence showing that fraudulent timesheets were submitted between January 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a separate statement that it notified the Mounties last fall after a two-year internal investigation revealed that an individual had performed contract work for eight different federal departments with eight different prime contractors.

The individual’s security clearance was revoked in June 2021 and completely revoked in September 2023.

Visser is due to appear in court in September.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2024.

The Canadian Press