Court rules family of BC woman who stole from health authority is

first_imgVANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled a widower is liable for repaying nearly a quarter million dollars his wife stole from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority before she died.Court documents show Wanda Moscipan worked as an administer for both the authority and the University of B.C.’s faculty of medicine when she siphoned more than $574,000 from the authority between 2003 and 2011.Justice Leonard Marchand ruled this week that the health authority is entitled to be paid back both by her estate and her husband, who was found to be responsible for the portion of the stolen funds that were used as “a family expense.”In the ruling released online Wednesday, Marchand says her husband, Miroslaw Moscipan, must have had “constructive” knowledge that his wife was receiving funds through fraudulent means.Moscipan told the court he was a stay-at-home parent “who led a frugal life.”He said his wife was secretive with the family finances but he thought she made over $100,000 per year and received money from her father.Marchand’s decision says the family led a “richer lifestyle than a typical family of four or five” owning multiple vehicles and spending about $20,000 a year on transportation alone.The judge says the restitution on the part of her husband “is adequate to send a message to others that they do not stand to benefit from the misdeeds of others when they know or ought to know of ill-gotten gains.”The decision says the woman stole the funds “by having busy physicians sign blank cheque requisitions” that she directed to an account she controlled.The account had been created in 1994 to raise funds related to the death of a colleague within the department, but was otherwise dormant until she began using it for fraudulent purposes in 2003.She then used money in the account to pay herself, her husband and their son as well as write cheques for outstanding Visa balances held in their names.The woman began working at the university in 1974 as a junior assistant and was appointed as senior administrator for the departments of obstetrics and gynecology under both the university and health authority in 1997. She was described as “extremely helpful” and viewed as “an indispensable and central figure” in the department.The health authority was responsible for 80 per cent of Moscipan’s income while the university made up the rest.After her cancer diagnosis in 2010, a new department head, Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff, became suspicious of her activities when she decided to continue working evenings despite having medical benefits. Her actions in the following months continued to raise suspicions.“In one case, he had to hire a locksmith to access human resources and financial records which were in a locked filing cabinet. Ms. Moscipan claimed the key to the cabinet had been lost,” the decision says.An audit was ordered in 2011, and it was discovered that Moscipan was paying herself 80 per cent of a full-time salary from the university when it should have only been 20 per cent.It was also discovered she received a three per cent raise, which Cundiff testified he did not authorize.A meeting was called between both employers and her union.“Ms. Moscipan justified being paid 180 per cent of the salary of a full time employee on the basis that she worked so hard but acknowledged Dr. Cundiff was unaware of the amount she was paid.”She was fired and a separate lawsuit has been filed by the university.last_img read more

TCI Junior Tourism Minister represents well in Curacao

first_img Related Items:blythe clare, curacao, william elliot, youth congress Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – Turks and Caicos Junior Tourism Minister – William Elliot – is hailed as an example of greatness by Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson after a stellar presentation at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Youth Congress. While Tourism government and business leaders were in talks at the State of the Industry gathering, as is customary, the junior tourism ministers of the countries of the region were engrossed in their own activities. William Elliot is the current junior minister for the Turks and Caicos and while he did not place, PDM Leader Sharlene Robinson gushed over his presentation and reactions to it. “I have never been more proud of William… I sat and watched for over three hours waiting to hear our Junior Minister speak and then to hear the winners announced. Though disappointed and admittedly confused that we did not place, William’s presentation from content to delivery was first place quality.” Each junior tourism minister had the task of marketing their country as the ultimate destination. State of the Industry and the Youth Congress was this year held in Curacao. William was accompanied by Tourism Education Officer, Blythe Clare. PAR wins Curacao electionslast_img read more

Its the End of the Road for BZ Media

first_imgBZ Media, the Melville, New York-based entrepreneurial B2B publisher, has sold its flagship print brand, Software Development Times, and is in the process of selling off other assets—essentially winding down the company’s existence and divesting it brand by brand.The company, co-founded by current CEO Ted Bahr in 1999, sold its two-year-old drone-industry tradeshow to Emerald Expositions in March, but it will manage the 2017 event in September.Ted BahrIn an excerpt from a companywide memo written by Bahr that was posted on the company’s website, he wrote, “It’s been a terrific 17 years and we survived the Tech Downtown of 2001 and the Great Recession of 2008.”“It was—and will be for a while longer—a good place to work. It’s been a great ride and while it will be ending, you will all be well-equipped for your next great adventure,” Bahr added. Perhaps it’s only the end of one B2B media company, an individual decision by an individual owner looking to convert equity to wealth. Or perhaps it’s an indication that the old days of B2B media are over — a once-relatively straightforward business transformed beyond recognition by new technologies and different approaches. What’s certain, though, is that Bahr and his co-founder, Alan Zeichick (who left the company in 2013), were among the higher-profile examples of entrepreneurial B2B practitioners — learning their craft at big companies and striking out successfully on their own.In conversations I had with Bahr even in very recent years, he remained a proponent of print media and SD Times, calling himself the “Last Samauri.”“We have successfully produced a print publication — our flagship, SD Times — many years after all of our competitors have folded,” Bahr said in the memo, which in several parts sounded like a valedictory. “The company has hired and nurtured nearly 100 people over the years, providing jobs and new skills while generating more than $30 million in incomes. BZ Media paid nearly $2 million in healthcare premiums and more than $2.5 million in payroll and social security taxes — all of this came from nothing.”Software Development Times and related digital properties were sold to D2 Emerge, a new company formed by two BZ Media veterans. The principals are David Lyman, former vice president of sales for BZ Media, who is now the CEO of D2 Emerge, and Dave Rubinstein, former editorial director of BZ Media, who takes over as executive vice president.“I am thrilled that SD Times has been bought by the team most responsible for making the publication what it is,” Bahr says. “ This is a win-win for everyone involved as most of the staff is able to go with the publication and digital assets and focus on and grow them.”Divesting a traditional media brand is a hit-or-miss proposition these days. It’s telling that BZ Media is being divested in parts, and that the acquirers are senior managers from the flagship BZ Media brand. But Bahr is nevertheless bullish. “For years I had been told by my peers in the industry that my print magazine, SD Times, would be valued at zero by potential buyers,” he says in a press release issued by the deal broker, Corporate Solutions LLC’s Nick Curci. “Boy, were they wrong. We conducted an auction with 36 interested parties and four strong bids. We accepted the highest bid.”“We are excited to be taking over the strong SD Times title and brand, and look forward to maintaining the magazine’s leading position in the software development sector while growing our subscriber base and expanding our print and digital footprint,” says Lyman, who will also retain his position as publisher of the magazine.“As we’ve been publishing SD Times for such a long time, we understand the market and the needs of our readers and advertisers,” says Rubinstein, who will serve as COO and editor-in-chief of SD Times. “Our mission remains to provide articles that give our readers the information they need to keep up with the fast-changing development landscape, and to give our advertisers multiple platforms to put their messages out to our readers.”last_img read more

Chief justice being sent abroad by force BNP

first_img-Country’s principal opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party aka BNP on Friday alleged that the government is sending chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha abroad by ‘force’ to establish its full control over the judiciary.Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam made the allegation while talking to reporters after visiting ailing BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam, reports UNB.Read more: President signs GO for CJ Sinha’s visit abroad”It’s now clear to the entire nation that the government has taken all the steps to send the chief justice abroad by force. It’s also clear to all that the government is making all efforts to control the judiciary,” he said.He said the government took the move against Sinha for cancelling the 16th amendment and unveiling the truth and the current situation of the country in the verdict. “The government can’t accept and tolerate the verdict as they think it may put them in trouble.”Fakhrul also asked why the government is not allowing the chief justice to clear his position on his leave, sickness and foreign tour. “I think, the government should allow the chief justice to talk about it.”Read more: CJ Sinha, wife get Australian visaHe said the government is only giving information about his illness, leave and tour. “But we’re getting information from the newspapers, social media and other sources that he is being sent abroad by force. Indian media also ran news on it.”Earlier on Thursday, law minister Anisul Huq said the government only followed Sinha’s wish in issuing the executive order on the leave, its extension and his move to go abroad.He also said the chief justice is scheduled to leave the country for Australia today and return home on 10 November.Read more: SK Sinha applies for Australian visalast_img read more