Manitoba

Former top NDP staffer faces fraud charge, union says

Heather Grant-Jury was once as close as a political staffer could get to former Premier Greg Selinger. Now she has been arrested and her former employer says she faces a charge of over $5,000.

Former Selinger aide faces a fraud charge connected to her work with union

The former top aide to NDP Premier Greg Selinger has been arrested and faces a charge of fraud. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

Heather Grant-Jury, who once worked as a top aide to former premier Greg Selinger, has been arrested and faces a fraud charge, according to the union she once worked for. 

Grant-Jury was Selinger's principal secretary for a period of time at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. In order to take the job she took a leave of absence from her position as director of the training centre for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832.

When Grant-Jury returned to her job for the UFCW, the union discovered irregularities in expense claims at the training centre and suspended her in December 2015. A forensic audit was completed last spring and the results were turned over to the Winnipeg Police to complete their own investigation.

When the union informed then-premier Greg Selinger of the concerns at the training centre late last year, Selinger's chief-of-staff immediately demanded Grant-Jury's resignation from the NDP's re-election planning committee and her seat on the board of Manitoba Public Insurance.

In a written statement a spokesperson for the UFCW says "it will be seeking full restitution of all money that was inappropriately expensed to the Education Training and Trust Fund."

A spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Service could not confirm charges against Grant-Jury have formally been laid.

The union says she has been arrested and faces a charge for fraud over $5,000.

CBC News attempted to contact Grant-Jury but was unable to reach her for comment.

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Sean Kavanagh

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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Sean has had a chance to live in some of Canada's other beautiful places (Whistler, B.C., and Lake of the Woods, Ont.) as well as in Europe and the United States. In more than 15 years of reporting, Sean has covered some of the seminal events in Manitoba, from floods to elections, including as the CBC's provincial affairs reporter.