Service Ontario Employee Fined $5,000 For Providing False Information
Mississauga - An employee of the Service Ontario Private Issuing Office was fined $5,000 for illegally supplying information for the purpose of defrauding the Drive Clean program, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act.
Chitrakha Punsammy was a Service Ontario Private Issuing Office employee. At the time, Ms. Pansammy and two other employees illegally accessed and changed addresses in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care database, in order to circumvent Drive Clean program requirements.
The process to change addresses was revised in order to prevent individuals from changing another person's address online without their knowledge. The revised changes involved changing an address with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for health cards first, and then changing it at the Ministry of Transportation for driver's licenses.
An investigation revealed that the individual's health records were accessed electronically by an employee at the issuing office. The employee was not an Ontario Public Service employee as they were employed by a private company.
When the matter was brought to the ministry's attention, an investigation revealed that the employee had supplied health card details to an individual who would then supply the information to an individual that would change a person's registered address in the ministry's health and transportation databases. This was done without the knowledge or consent of the persons involved, and was done to circumvent the statutory requirements for a valid Drive Clean test before renewing licence plates or registering a vehicle.
Ms. Punsammy was fined a total of $5,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $1,250 and was given one year to pay the fine.