A judge has ordered a Canadian judge to pay a Canadian child custody attorney more than 2.2 million dollars over a $1.8 million fraud.
Justice Jody Lachance in Winnipeg said he was not able to comment further due to an ongoing investigation.
The alleged fraud took place in 2016 and involved the wrongful imprisonment of a 17-year-old girl, who is now 17 and in foster care.
The girl’s mother, who was also in foster-care, was also charged in connection with the alleged fraud.
In his decision, Justice Lachances decision noted that the family of the 17-yr-old is entitled to a “general remedy” for a breach of trust.
Justice Lachates said he had not been served with a response to the claim and would decide within the next 30 days.
He said the child custody agreement was signed in 2014 and has not been renewed.
The Canadian Child Benefit Act requires a judge to award up to a total of $1,000 in child support to parents or guardians of a child in their custody.
If the claim is found to be a valid one, the amount is then split between the parent and child.