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Local Union Becomes Victim of Fraud

A local 41 year old female is facing criminal charges after a local union was defrauded of over $35,000.
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A local 41 year old female is facing criminal charges after a local union was defrauded of over $35,000.

On July 3rd 2013, the Timmins Police Service arrested and charged Timmins resident Michelle Benoit with Fraud and Falsification of Books and Documents. The accused faces charges after a complaint was brought forward concerning irregularities in the financial statements of the union.

It was revealed through investigation that the accused was elected as treasurer and oversaw all of the union’s finances. The accused was also responsible for preparing financial statements for the union and its members. Between August of 2009 and May of 2012, the accused falsified statements to fraudulently obtain over $35,000 of union funds.

The accused was released by way of promise to appear with a first appearance court date of August 20th 2013 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Timmins. These types of incidents can be used as an opportunity businesses to always be wary of their financial records.

The Timmins Police Service would like to thank the public for their continuing desire for a safe and healthy community.




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