It’s not a common occurrence, but there are reports of Fort McMurray evacuees trying to get multiple financial assistance debit cards, as well as non-evacuees signing up for those cards.
“In general it’s an extremely small number,” says Alberta Emergency Management Agency’s Shane Schriber. “Police are extremely pro-active in following up with any reports we’ve gotten so far.”
Over the past few weeks, the Province has been handing out the debit cards to evacuees, with $1250 dollars for adults and $500 for dependents.
Only two people have been charged with debit card fraud so far.
“The RCMP and City Police are activity investigating those cases, and of course we’ve got additional security around each debit distribution site to deter that kind of behaviour and make sure that’s not happening.”
Ten people across the province have been arrested for trying to either register for multiple cards, or non-evacuees applying for a card. tl/sj