ServiceOntario contract employee facing fraud charges

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

PRESCOTT – A contract employee for the provincial government is accused of defrauding the ServiceOntario office on King Street in Prescott.

The Grenville County O.P.P. Crime Unit recently started an investigation with the transportation, environment and consumer services ministries.

Police describe the suspect as a private service provider, who was operating the Prescott location.

Hannah Wichmann, 29, of Augusta Township was arrested today (July 18) and is charged with eight counts of fraud, two counts of breach of probation and one count of possession of crystal meth.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Wichmann has worked with ServiceOntario since August 2014 as a licensing specialist and issuing clerk.

Wichmann was later released and will appear in a Brockville court Aug. 25.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services spokesman Harry Malhi couldn’t say whether Wichmann was still working as a provider.

“We cannot comment on the employment status of this individual because they are employed by the private service provider that operates the office in Prescott. The individual is not an employee of the Government of Ontario,” Mahli wrote in a statement to Brockville Newswatch.

Malhi also wouldn’t say whether people who used the ServiceOntario site had their identity or personal information compromised.

“The matter is still under investigation. ServiceOntario is working with Ontario Provincial Police to offer our assistance and cooperation while they continue their investigation. ServiceOntario is committed to the security and protection of customer information and we take these matters very seriously. Ensuring the integrity of our service delivery is a key priority for this ministry and ServiceOntario.”

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