By Carys Mills
Professor Sheldon Reinsilber will be trading the classroom for court on Sept. 8.
Reinsilber, child and youth care student affairs co-ordinator and instructor, was arrested on June 29 and charged with fraud over $5,000 and laundering proceeds of crime, according to Toronto Police.
Despite the ongoing investigation, there have been no disruptions in the child and youth care department where Reinsilber continued to work throughout the summer, said Usha George, dean of community services.
“He’s innocent until proven guilty by a court of law,” she said.
Reinsilber’s fate at Ryerson is not yet known. According to George, the human resources department makes employment decisions and they’re currently assessing the situation.
Brad Walters, director of the office of vice provost faculty affairs, refused to comment on Reinsilber’s employment.
Reinsilber is accused of being half of a two-man team that carried out a false invoice scheme from April 1999 to February 2007. The alleged scheme involved $2 million being stolen from Rouge Valley Health System, a community hospital with sites in Toronto and Durham.
From 1973 to 2003 Reinsilber was the executive director of Delisle Youth Services, a youth outreach program. The alleged false-invoice plot involved Delisle billing Rouge Valley for non-existent services.
Uwe Marshner, former head of Rouge Valley’s mental health program, is allegedly the other half of the two-man team.
According to the officer in charge of the case, Det. Const. Niki Laxamana, there was a warrant for Marshner’s arrest until he was arrested on Aug. 10. He was charged with fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime and two counts of uttering a forged document. He will appear in court on Sept. 22. Reinsilber first appeared in court on Aug. 6 with his wife and daughter by his side. He refused to comment.