Non-Indigenous woman sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding NTI

A non-Indigenous woman who pled guilty to defrauding Inuit organizations of over $158K for her daughters’ education was sentenced to three years in prison by the Nunavut Court of Justice. In 2016, Karima Manji fraudulently obtained Inuit enrolment status for her daughters with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc (NTI), which in turn enabled them to obtain $158K in scholarships toward their education at Queen’s University. The Kingston Whig reports that Manji’s daughters were also charged with fraud, but the Crown withdrew those charges when Manji pleaded guilty. NTI President Aluki Kotierk said that the case resulted in NTI strengthening its enrolment process, requiring additional paperwork for out-of-territory residents and families who are new to the system. “It’s terrible, because it creates a suspicion,” said Kotierk, who described the damage Manji has done to Inuit as “irreparable.”

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