Kingston Family Charged with Defrauding Inuit Benefits System

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Adoptive mother, Karima Manji, and her twin daughters, Amira and Nadya Gill, all from Kingston, have been incriminated by Iqaluit’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for two counts of fraud exceeding $5,000 each. This follows an investigation triggered by allegations asserting their false identification as Inuit to procure benefits designed exclusively for adopted Inuit children through Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporation (NTI).

In the month of April, NTI sought police intervention in probing the activities of the Gill twins and their adoptive mother, regarding their application for enrolment under the Nunavut Act.

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Evidence shows that the Gill twins were recipients of scholarships and even established a business riding on their alleged Inuit status. The timeline, as provided by RCMP, reveals fraudulent activities taking place from October 2016 through to September 2022. It is purported that the women capitalised on their Inuit beneficiary status to swindle funds from both the Kakivak Association and Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The swindled funds are in the form of grants and scholarships, destined solely for the benefit of Inuit beneficiaries.

This scandal, while currently under investigation, has yet to be scrutinised within courtroom walls. However, the trio are due to appear before an Iqaluit court on October 30.