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Kingston, Ont. sisters charged with fraud for claiming Inuit status

  • Two sisters and their adoptive mother from Kingston have been charged with fraud over $5,000 after falsely claiming to be Inuit in order to receive benefits as adopted Inuit children. The charges stem from an investigation into allegations that the women defrauded the Kakivak Association and Qikiqtani Inuit Association by obtaining grants and scholarships meant for Inuit beneficiaries.
  • The fraud occurred over a period of six years, from October 2016 to September 2022, during which the sisters and their adoptive mother used their false Inuit beneficiary status to access funds that were only available to genuine Inuit beneficiaries. This raises questions about the effectiveness of the system in place to verify the eligibility of individuals claiming Inuit heritage.
  • The charges are a result of the investigation conducted by the Iqaluit RCMP, highlighting their commitment to addressing fraudulent activities and ensuring that benefits meant for legitimate Inuit beneficiaries are not misused. The case also highlights the importance of maintaining the integrity of grant and scholarship programs, as well as the need for increased scrutiny in verifying individuals' claims of Indigenous identity.
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