Nova Scotia

RCMP investigating fraud allegation at St. F.X.

The investigation is related to the departure of the former Coady International Institute finance manager.

Investigation related to departure of former Coady International Institute finance manager, director says

RCMP are conducting an investigation into a report of fraud at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. (Elizabeth McMillan/CBC)

The director of the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has confirmed that police are investigating a report of fraud.

The Coady Institute is a signature part of St. F.X. and is well known for training professionals from around the world in the field of international development.

St. F.X. vice-president and Coady director June Webber said the investigation is related to the departure of the institute's former manager of finance and administration, Jim Marlow.

Webber said Marlow is no longer an employee of the Coady Institute, and that he ceased being employed by the university on July 19.

Webber said Coady employees were gathered on July 19 and informed that there had been a breach of trust. Webber would not say whether the university initiated the complaint to police.

"The investigation is underway, and beyond that, there's little we can say at this time," she said.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said the Antigonish detachment began the investigation on July 23, but she did not confirm where the fraud is alleged to have taken place.

"I cannot confirm names of any involved parties because the investigation is ongoing and the information is protected under the Privacy Act," she wrote in an emailed statement.

No charges have been laid and no allegations have been proven in court.

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