One year investigation into welfare fraud; charges laid

A Gananoque Police Service cruiser. (Gananoque Police Service/Facebook via Newswatch Group)

GANANOQUE – Police have laid charges after a year-long investigation into welfare fraud.

Town police say they received a complaint on Jan. 16, 2015 involving several Ontario Works cheques.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of a 53-year-old man of no fixed address, but known to hang out around Gananoque.

However, police had to wait until he was released from the Lindsay Correctional Institution on an unrelated matter before they could arrest him.

That happened last week (Jan. 8, 2016).

The unidentified man is charged with fraud and theft under $5,000 and public mischief for misleading police during their investigation.

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