Fraudster who stole $600K from drug agency worked as youth counsellor in Manitoba

A Manitoba health region says it’s shocked to learn that one of its youth counsellors is a convicted fraudster in Alberta who is to be sentenced Friday.

EDMONTON — A Manitoba health region says it’s shocked to learn that one of its youth counsellors is a convicted fraudster in Alberta who is to be sentenced Friday.

Lloyd Carr pleaded guilty to stealing more than $600,000 from the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission.

Corliss Patterson of the NOR-MAN health authority says officials didn’t know about Carr’s past until this week and are now looking into how he was hired.

Carr told court in Edmonton that he was working as a painter in Swan River, Man., but Patterson confirms he has been a youth counsellor in Flin Flon for the last 18 months.

CTV quotes sources who said Carr had asked the health authority for an extended leave from his job so he could get medical treatments.

He said the treatments were to begin in Edmonton on Monday, the day he was actually in court for his sentencing hearing.

“Until we have completed the investigation, we cannot comment further,” Patterson said.

Carr, 46, admitted in court to making false contracts for two agencies that worked with the commission on stop-smoking campaigns before he was fired in 2006.

The Crown is asking for a prison term of between three and five years.

His defence lawyer is arguing for a conditional sentence.