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Thames Valley’s ‘snitch’ line under fire from unions

Thames Valley’s ‘snitch’ line under fire from unions

Union officials are slamming a new employee tip line set up by Southwestern Ontario’s largest school board as a “snitch” line targeted at teachers who play hooky by calling in sick.

The Thames Valley District school board, victimized by two high-profile frauds in recent years that cost nearly $2 million, launched a fraud-prevention program, known as Frank, just before Christmas.

Posters began appearing in school staff rooms, urging employees to report suspected fraud on a confidential 1-800 hotline line or by email.

The whistleblower campaign comes after the two unrelated, headline-grabbing fraud cases — one last year, another in 2011 — that ended in convictions and prison time for two senior board employees.

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