RCMP charge Ajax man involved in Employment Insurance Fraud

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Commercial Crime Section has charged an Ajax man with Fraud offences relating to falsified Records of Employment and false applications for Employment Insurance benefits.

In September, 2010, Service Canada referred a case to the RCMP identifying approximately 300 people in the GTA who had received Employment Insurance benefits to which they were not entitled. The case was uncovered by Service Canada during regular program reviews.

Police allege the accused issued hundreds of falsified Service Canada Record of Employment forms used to fraudulently apply for Employment Insurance benefits resulting in a significant fraud against the Government of Canada.

Investigators continue to work in close partnership with Service Canada who is actively reassessing the fraudulent claims and focusing on loss recovery.

Inspector Rick Whattam, the Officer in Charge of the GTA Commercial Crime Section says, "This investigation represents the commitment of the RCMP to working with our valuable Government partners such as Service Canada, with a common goal to preserve the integrity of Government programs and the economy as a whole."

Charged with Fraud Over $5,000 and Use, Trafficking or Possession of Forged Documents, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada is:

Ramanan RAJAGOPAL, 34, Ajax, Ontario.

He is scheduled to appear at the Provincial Court of Justice in Scarborough, Ontario, December 14th, 2011.

The RCMP GTA Commercial Crime Section can be contacted by calling the RCMP Toronto West Detachment at 1-800-461-9398.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information:

Media Enquiries:
Sgt. Richard Rollings,
RCMP "O" Division (Ontario)
Media Relations Coordinator
Office (519) 640-7302 Cell (416) 992-4409


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