Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region initiates lawsuit against local contractor

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is suing a local contractor over work done at Regina Pioneer Village.

In March, an RQHR staff member raised concerns regarding potentially inappropriate invoicing at Pioneer Village, and the region started an intensive investigation.

On Wednesday, the region officially filed a complaint with the Regina Police Service and initiated a civil litigation claim against a local contractor who has performed significant work at the facility over a number of years.

“The complaint we’re filing with the Regina Police Service as well as the civil litigation we’re pursuing is in part to get additional information that we require in order to be able to fully understand the potential issue in front of us,” Keith Dewar, CEO of the RQHR, told reporters. 

A statement of claim was filed at Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday against AB Electric Corp. and Adrian Bechard, the company’s sole director and president.

Statements of claim contain allegations not proven in court. A statement of defence has not yet been filed.

When contacted by the Leader-Post, Bechard declined to comment.

According to the claim, the company provided electrical contracting services to RQHR at Pioneer Village beginning around January 2011 until early 2017.

Over that time period, AB Electric provided invoices to RQHR for electrical contracting work allegedly provided in an amount totalling approximately $1.958 million.

During that time, the claim says, AB Electric issued approximately 1,611 invoices to RQHR for electrical goods and services supplied at Pioneer Village. 

The RQHR alleges it made payments to AB Electric totalling $1,956,651.82 during the stated period.

According to the claim, sometime around March 2017, RQHR became aware of irregularities in the billings of AB Electric. RQHR immediately undertook a thorough review of all of AB Electric’s invoicing back to January 2011.

The region claims it has not seen evidence that would suggest there were billing irregularities prior to 2011.

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