The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a lawyer and former Rockland business owner, following a lengthy investigation into multiple allegations of financial wrongdoing.
In August 2016, members of the OPP Russell County Detachment Crime Unit and the Anti-Rackets Branch – Economic Crime and Corruption Unit – Ottawa began investigating allegations of criminal fraud, misappropriation of money and criminal breach of trust by the operator of a legal office.
Following this investigation, Stephane Langlois, aged 51 years, of Rockland, has been charged with offences contrary to the Criminal Code as follows:
- Fraud Over $5000 pursuant to section 380 (1) – 12 counts
- Possession of Property – proceeds of crime pursuant to section 354
- Criminal Breach of Trust pursuant to section 336 – 15 counts
- Misappropriation of Funds pursuant to section 332 – 15 counts
- Fraudulent Theft pursuant to section 322 – 15 counts
- Theft by Person Required to Account pursuant to section 330 – 15 counts
- Fraud under $5000 pursuant to section 380(1) – seven counts
- False Pretence pursuant to section 362(3) – two counts
- Forgery pursuant to section 366 – 10 counts
- Uttering a Forged Document pursuant to section 368(1)(b) – eight counts
The accused is scheduled to appear on September 8, 2022, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa.
The OPP will not comment further in order to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation and any ensuing court processes.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation should contact the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca/