CALGARY — Alberta health officials spent public money on toys, speeding fines, video games, Calgary Flames seasons’ tickets and overpriced hotel rooms and flights, according to the province’s auditor general, who said expenses were poorly documented, or paid-out with inadequate justification.
The single largest expense was $116,000 for a realtor commission for a relocated employee. One other, who was not the CEO or anyone who directly reported to him, expensed $150,000 in one year, mostly for travelling to conferences.
For the report released Tuesday, auditor general Merwan Saher examined 17 months worth of expenses at Alberta Health Services; he found that the organization claimed $100-million worth of travel expenses and purchase card transactions between April, 2011, and August, 2012.
A sizeable chunk of those expenses were submitted without proper receipts or adequate explanation. The audit also found employees failed to prove they were using the most cost-effective options when travelling…
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