Monday, October 12, 2009

Man at centre of health scandal was under house arrest when hired

A key player accused of fraud in the health-contracts scandal was under house arrest and prohibited from handling other people's money when he was given a job overseeing a $9-million budget at Fraser Health.

Jim Taylor was hired as director of communications systems at the Fraser Valley health region in April 2000 -- a month after he was sentenced to two years less a day for defrauding the White Rock Sea Festival Society, which went bankrupt.

As part of his conditional sentence, Taylor was not to have signing authority except for his own personal bank account.

His conviction was heavily reported by the media at the time and the details would have been available in a simple Google search or criminal record check.

Fraser Health Authority officials say they weren't involved in hiring Taylor as he was appointed before the individual health regions merged to become Fraser Health. read more


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