Two individuals have been charged by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) following a lengthy investigation into allegations of fraud.

In July of 2016, the Hawkesbury OPP Detachment received a fraud complaint from a local company, which claimed that an employee had orchestrated an elaborate fraudulent invoice scheme between 2009 and 2017.

Following an investigation by members of the Hawkesbury OPP Crime Unit, and the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch, the OPP has charged a former employee of the company and another individual.

A 51-year-old man from Gatineau, Quebec, faces the following charges under the Criminal Code (CC):

  •           Fraud over $5,000 contrary to section 380(1)
  •           Knowing that a document is forged, cause any person to use, deal with or act on it as if it were genuine, contrary to section 368(1)(b)

A 50-year-old woman from Gatineau has also been charged with Fraud over $5,000, contrary to CC section 380(1).

The accused persons are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on September 29.

The OPP cannot provide further comment in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the court process.