Rather unbelievably, the head of a Saskatchewan library branch seems to have stolen something between $500,000 and $1,000,000 from a group of rural libraries for which he was responsible. Bruce Cameron, 65 years of age, admits to bilking the system of $500,000 over a 14-year period but others believe that he stole much more than that.
According to The Canadian Press:
"Only a person of good reputation can continue a crime like this," said Singer. "That's why it is such a significant breach of trust."...
Court officers placed the grey-haired Cameron into handcuffs and led him into custody.
Crown prosecutor Gary Parker described the scheme as "sophisticated and elaborate."
He said Cameron set up a fake company called Desert Rose Books based in Carson City, Nev.
Cameron ordered books that didn't exist, then pocketed the money.
Arlene Pederson, the new president of the library board, said outside court that nearly $1 million actually went missing while Cameron was employed. But officials could only prove the half million was stolen.What strikes me in this case, as it always does when this kind of thing happens, is why someone of authority didn't notice that so much money was being spent with nothing to show for it. Why is it that so many businesses and government agencies fail to notice that they are leaking money until it is too late to recover much of it, much less in time to ever determine exactly how much has gone into the wrong pockets?
She said she had always respected Cameron and believed he had the library's best interest at heart.
"To find out that he had done this to us, there was anger - extreme anger," she said.
Cameron was fired from his job after returning from one of his many Mexican holidays in 2004, said Pederson.