Daugh­ter faces vet ben­e­fits fraud charge

The Beacon Herald - - LOCAL NEWS -

A Lon­don woman is ac­cused of fraud over pay­ment of more than $26,000 in vet­eran sur­vivor ben­e­fits to some­one who had died.

The fi­nan­cial crime unit of the RCMP Lon­don de­tach­ment be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing in Novem­ber 2016 af­ter a com­plaint from Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada, the Moun­ties said.

De­part­ment of­fi­cials said some­one col­lected vet­eran sur­vivor ben­e­fits for 14 months af­ter a woman who was sup­posed to re­ceive them had died.

The daugh­ter of the woman failed to no­tify the de­part­ment about her mother’s death. More than $26,000 from the govern­ment agency was col­lected, the RCMP said.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion high­lights that fraud, as a crime, knows no bound­aries,” said Insp. Joe Czenze of the RCMP’s Lon­don fi­nan­cial crime unit.

Af­ter an eight-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Terrill Anne Brooke, 61, of Lon­don is charged with fraud val­ued at more than $5,000.

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