Town em­ployee charged with fraud

Ex–Rich­mond Hill staffer de­frauds town of more than $100,000

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP), Ma­jor Fraud Unit charged a for­mer Town of Rich­mond Hill male em­ployee with de­fraud­ing the town of more than $100,000.

Po­lice be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing in June af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of a fraud against the town.

“The re­port be­ing made and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion were prompted af­ter an in­ter­nal au­dit that was done un­cov­ered the in­ac­cu­rate pa­per­work filed by the ac­cused as well as the miss­ing funds,” Const. Laura Ni­colle wrote in an email to Post City.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that, over a five-year pe­riod, an em­ployee work­ing as an ice fa­cil­i­ties book­ing clerk had been tam­per­ing with arena book­ing records and keep­ing the pay­ments in­stead of sur­ren­der­ing them to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ac­cused’s em­ploy­ment was then ter­mi­nated. He be­gan work­ing for the town in 2010.

On Nov. 30, the ac­cused was ar­rested and charged with two charges in­clud­ing fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust by a pub­lic of­fi­cial. Ni­colle said frauds on this scale are fre­quent. “We had about 15 re­leases put out this year on ma­jor fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tions all over $100,000, some of them over $1 mil­lion,” she said.

“All of the frauds were very dif­fer­ent as far as the types and the meth­ods used and all dif­fer­ent sus­pects in­volved, but very of­ten large-scale frauds are very high in terms of the to­tal val­ues.”

At press time, the ac­cused, 58, of the town of Rich­mond Hill, was sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore the On­tario court of jus­tice in New­mar­ket on Dec. 31. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, any­one with in­for­ma­tion or any­one who may have booked ice fa­cil­i­ties with the ac­cused is asked to con­tact YRP or Crime Stop­pers.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.