Public servants racked up nearly $145,000 in unauthorized or fraudulent travel costs this past year — an increase of more than $90,000 from the year before.
According to Public Accounts, released earlier this week, government departments reported 40 cases of faulty travel cost claims in the most recent fiscal year. The total cost of the claims was $143,988.
Last year, the government reported finding 26 cases of problematic travel claims totaling $53,798.
Of this year's 40 cases, 10 were reported as being fraudulent, meaning the employees involved were purposely dishonest.
Out of all types of cases, Fisheries and Oceans had the most with 17 instances of "unauthorized use of travel card" totaling $27,758.
It's not nearly as high as the 258 cases of "unauthorized or fraudulent use of designated acquisition
or travel card" Fisheries and Oceans reported in 2012, though.
Travel cards are either physical cards or bank accounts public servants can use to book and pay for hotels, food, transportation, and more. The cards are only supposed to be used for authorized work travel, though.
Here's the breakdown for 2015:
Canadian Grain Commission
Fraudulent use of travel card (2 cases): $8,537 ($5,730 recovered)
Citizenship and Immigration
Unauthorized use of travel card (2 cases): $24,567
Fraudulent use of travel card (1 case): $7,307 ($2,887 recovered)
Fraudulent travel cost (1 case): $5,000
Employment and Social Development
Fraudulent travel payment (1 case): $5,025
Fisheries and Oceans
Unauthorized use of travel card (17 cases): $27,758 ($8,599 recovered)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
Fraudulent claim of travel expenses: $663
Fraudulent use of government acquisition and travel card (2 cases): $15,707
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Unauthorized use of travel card (6 cases): $26,698 ($26,381 recovered)
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Unauthorized use of travel card (1 case): $5,033 ($418 recovered)
Canadian Space Agency
Fraudulent use of travel card (2 cases): $6,243 ($6,243 recovered)
Public Works and Government Services
Unauthorized use of travel card (4 cases): $11,450 ($2,053 recovered)
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