Fraud charge with­drawn

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

A fraud charge against an Oakville res­i­dent and busi­ness owner ac­cused in a scheme thought to have de­frauded the Min­istry of Health of more than $2.1 mil­lion has been with­drawn at the re­quest of the Toronto Crown’s of­fice.

Ajay Up­pal, 43, had been charged in 2016 by the OPP with fraud over $5,000 for al­legedly supplying mo­bil­ity aids such as wheel­chairs and elec­tronic scoot­ers to peo­ple who did not qual­ify for them.

But on July 19 in Toronto, the charge against Up­pal and sev­eral other ac­cused was with­drawn by the Crown’s of­fice.

As­sis­tant Crown Ea­dit Rokach said af­ter re­view­ing the case “we have con­cluded that there is no rea­son­able prospect of con­vic­tion.”

Up­pal owns Apka Health of Scar­bor­ough. It of­fers its ser­vices in the Golden Horse­shoe and as far as Lon­don, Kitch­ener, Bar­rie and Peter­bor­ough.

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