The Whitehorse RCMP has recently laid eight counts of criminal charges against Michael Kipkirui, in an alleged fraud against the Yukon Government, totalling nearly $50,000.
On March 1, 2019, Whitehorse RCMP received reports of government cheques being fraudulently deposited into other bank accounts, outside of the Yukon Territory. Investigators determined that Mr. Kipkirui, a Notary Public working in the Finance Department of the Yukon Territory Government, had personal access to all outgoing cheques. He is accused of committing offences on eight different occasions between late December 2018 and end of May 2019, with at least two cheques being deposited into his personal bank account.
Mr. Kipkirui was arrested on November 12, 2019 and has been charged with Four (4) counts of Fraud not exceeding $5000.00 and Four (4) counts of Theft Under $5000.00. He has since been released from custody, and his next court appearance is scheduled for January 15, 2020.
The investigation by the Whitehorse RCMP's General Investigation Section is ongoing.