No decision on DPA probe

More than 10 months after receiving a report from RCMP on “financial irregularities” at the Downtown Penticton Association, the B.C. Prosecution Service has not made a decision on whether or not to pursue charges.

The DPA discovered problems with its financial statements in September 2016, handing over the investigation to police two months later.

RCMP said in June 2018 it had recommended charges to Crown counsel on the “big, big file.” At that time Supt. Ted De Jager said he expected the charge approval process to take multiple months.

B.C. Prosecution Service spokesman Dan McLaughlin said Wednesday no decision has been reached on the file and the charge assessment process is continuing. He was not able to offer a time estimate for completion of the process.

The BC Prosecution Service only presses charges if it believes a conviction is likely and it is in the public interest.

The DPA announced back in May 2017 that it had contacted the RCMP about “financial irregularities” discovered in their books ending July 2016 — around the same month previous executive director Kerri Milton left the organization.

At the time, Milton called the investigation “very disappointing” and said she kept herself at arms length from the DPA’s books, going as far as hiring an outside bookkeeper.

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