October 12, 2021 | by: isaacpiotrowski

New Brunswick May Go After People Who Claimed COVID-19 Benefits From the Province Fraudulently

 

 

New Brunswick may go after people who claimed COVID-19 benefits from the province fraudulently.

 

The acting Auditor-General issued a report the week of October 4th pointing out that 40,000 people in New Brunswick received the $900 one-time COVID payment from the province to tide them over under federal funding. But Janet Leahy said 827 of those people did not provide valid social insurance numbers.

 

Labour Minister Trevor Holder tells Brunswick News the payment was meant for people who needed it. There’s an audit underway now and the province could go after fraudulent claims.

 

New Brunswick handed out $37 million to the 40,000 people under the program.