Long-time employee bilks his firm over and over, surprised when fired

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Gabriel v. Cargill Ltd., 2003 CarswellSask 730 (Sask. Q.B.)

Gary Gabriel was the elevator manager at Cargill Ltd., a company that bought and sold grain and fertilizer in Moose Jaw, Sask. At the time of his dismissal, he was earning $74,000 per year. He had been with Cargill for 26 years.

In 1999 Cargill got wind of a rumour that some employees were committing fraud. They investigated, and one employee — Gordon Clark — confessed to having “diverted” $10,000 by taking money from customers and later issuing a return for merchandise that had never been returned. Clarke implicated Gabriel in his confession, stating he’d also been diverting funds for years.