EDITORIAL – Feds dropped the ball by giving CERB fraudsters an open field

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE ONLY THING WRONG with the plan to go after Canada Emergency Response Benefit fraudsters is that it didn’t come soon enough.

When the federal bailout programs were announced as the COVID-19 pandemic started ramping up, no thought was given to controlling rip-offs. All the focus was on getting the money spread around as quickly as possible.

That has come at a price. Reports say scamsters have been double dipping, applying for, and receiving, handouts from multiple programs. In addition, seniors are being targeted by unscrupulous individuals who are only too willing to relieve our older population of their money with false promises.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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