The former executive director and chief financial officer of a Hamilton charitable organization set up to help immigrants are accused of defrauding the federal government of at least $4 million.

RCMP say the Settlement and Integration Services Organization was funded primarily by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and had several offices in Hamilton. It went bankrupt in January 2011. Morteza Jafarpour, 52, and Ahmed Salama, 39, are charged with knowingly using forged documents, fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit fraud over $5,000.

Allegations include falsifying invoices, payroll and employee information. It is alleged that between 2008 and 2010, CIC was defrauded of more than $4 million.

RCMP say the charges follow a 15-month investigation.