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Firm chosen for audit of Thompson-Nicola regional district spending

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April 22, 2021 - 1:36 PM

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has chosen a firm to conduct a forensic audit, following a request for proposals on March 19.

BDO Canada LLP, based in Vancouver, has been selected to conduct the audit, according to a TNRD media release issued today, April 22.

Six firms submitted proposals to the district and were rated by the evaluation team. BDO had the highest scoring proposal, according to the criteria set out in the request.

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The regional district is planning to have a contract with BDO finalized within the week and plan for the investigation to begin in early May. A previous spending approval by district board members estimates the audit to cost between $50,000 and $75,000.

The plan is to have the forensic audit and financial review completed quickly and have the findings and recommendations made public.

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After media investigations revealed concerning spending by the district's top employees, namely by the former CAO Sukh Gill, the regional district decided to seek a third-party audit to review and investigate any irresponsible spending.

The regional district is also seeking to have the auditors make recommendations towards keeping spending at the district accountable and transparent.

In a separate investigation, records of 'financial irregularities' were sent to Kamloops RCMP in March, but there is no update yet on what results came in the review of those records.

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