Yesterday, the British Columbia Lottery Corp. announced it had reached a $603,362 severance agreement with its former president and chief executive officer Vic Poleschuk - who was fired three days after ombudsman Kim Carter revealed a significant "lack of scrutiny for the 99 per cent of the winning (lottery) tickets and 80 per cent of the prize money paid out for wins under $10,000." But Mr. Poleschuk isn't the first senior civil servant to hit the jackpot following a scandal. In the wake of the Doug Walls affair, children and family development deputy minister Chris Haynes was sacked and received $289,000 in severance and $233,000 in accumulated vacation pay. This, after an investigation by Public Eye revealed Mr. Walls had been put in charge of Community Living British Columbia even though senior staff were aware serious allegations of fraud had been made against the former Prince George car dealer. The investigation also revealed government wrote off a $484,939 bill owed by a consulting group run by Mr. Walls, Premier Gordon Campbell's cousin-in-law.
August 24, 2007