Town employee charged with fraud
Ex–Richmond Hill staffer defrauds town of more than $100,000
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.