MONTREAL - Two former Service Canada employees have been charged with two others for potentially defrauding the government of Canada of more than $1 million.
The investigation was conducted by the RCMP Major Fraud Unit, after being alerted by Services Canada.
According to authorities, Roger Adama Klouvi, 41, of Laval and Frédéric Hébert-Zonnon, 42, of Gatineau both worked for Service Canada when they allegedly created several community organizations in order to apply for grants administered by the government body.
Authorities suggest that the funding applications were based on false documents. The funds were then cashed on behalf of the so-called community organizations and shared among those involved in the scam, rather than being used for the New Horizons for Seniors Program and Canada Summer Jobs program.
Klouvi and Hébert-Zonnon, along with Ameoli Quambah Aquerebourou, 41, of Laval and Messan Nagode Ayite-Zonnon, 37, of Montreal, face charges of fraud and conspiracy.
They are all scheduled to appear in court on August 6 and 7, in Montreal and Gatineau.
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