A casino company boss resigned after learning he had traveled to a remote indigenous community in northern Canada with his wife and received the coronavirus vaccine intended for vulnerable residents.
Rod Baker, the former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corp, and his partner Ekaterina, reportedly chartered a private plane to Beaver Creek in the Yukon Territory near the Alaska border.
The couple allegedly pretended to be motel workers in a mobile clinic and instigated the authorities to take the hit, as reported by Yukon News.
The sparsely populated territory, home to many indigenous peoples, has a faster vaccination rate than the rest of Canada, according to government data.
Baker, 55, and his wife, 32, were discovered after asking to be taken directly to the airport after receiving the inoculation.
Great Canadian Gaming Corp, worth $ 2 billion (£ 1.6 billion), said in a statement that it received the CEO’s resignation on Sunday but provided no details, saying it did not comment on personnel matters.
Documents filed with the Yukon court registry show the couple were charged on Thursday with failing to behave in a manner “consistent with (their) statement.”
“We are deeply concerned about the actions of those who put our elders and vulnerable people at risk of selfish self-serving,” White River First Nation Chief Angela Demit wrote on Facebook. local indigenous nation.
Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker said in a statement he was “outraged” and found “disturbing that people choose to endanger their fellow Canadians in this way.”
Mr Baker and his wife were also charged with not being quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in the Yukon and were fined $ 1,150 (£ 660).
A spokesperson for the Yukon government said it will implement new requirements to prove residency in the territory.