Former AADAC Boss Sentenced To 3.5 Years
A former executive director of AADAC who defrauded the agency of more than $600,000 was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. Lloyd Carr was the executive director of the tobacco reduction unit with the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. The man was fired in September of 2006 after he was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a gambling habit.
As Carr entered court on Friday, an RCMP officer arrested him for breach of recognizance for not keeping the peace, changing his residence and changing his employment. Earlier in the year, Carr pleaded guilty to fraud after making false contracts with two agencies that worked with AADAC on stop smoking campaigns.
Out of $600,000 paid by AADAC, the vast majority of the cash -- roughly $480,000 -- went into Carr's account. The 46-year-old says it fuelled his gambling addiction. On Thursday, CTV News learned the man is at the centre of a new investigation into his hiring by his current employer.
A spokesperson for the NOR-MAN regional health authority in Manitoba says the organization is in shock after learning that Carr is in the middle of a court case in Edmonton. Carr has told court in Edmonton that he was working as a painting contractor in Swan River, Manitoba. But Patterson confirms Carr has been working as a youth councillor in Flin Flon for the past 18 months.
He told his employer in Manitoba that he holds a bachelor of social work from the University of Calgary, which was found to be untrue. He also told the landlord of his residence in Flin Flon that he had cancer and had received a leave from the health authority in Manitoba with a doctor's note, which was forged.
Carr has already come up with two reasons why he took the money from Alberta's anti-addictions agency. In a civil action, he told the court one of his superiors at AADAC wanted the money to help fund a provincial Tory leadership campaign of former Alberta treasurer Jim Dinning. He has also cited a gambling addiction as the reason for the fraud.
The Crown said it was looking at a higher penalty given the events that have come to their attention this week.
"He played the people at AADAC for fools. He attempted to play us for fools," said Crown prosecutor Greg Lepp. Prior to this, the Crown had asked for a prison term of between three and five years for Carr, and Lepp felt the sentence should be at the upper end.
His defence had argued for a conditional sentence order, but changed their stance to a sentence of two to three years.