Couple on ODSP forged documents to buy a house, police say

Police have charged a Hamilton couple getting disability payments with fraud after they allegedly forged documents to buy a $500,000 house.
Police say a Hamilton couple were receiving ODSP while working, and also forged documents to buy a house. (Elise von Scheel/CBC News)

Police have charged a Hamilton couple getting disability payments with fraud after they allegedly forged documents to buy a $500,000 house.

Hamilton police say they heard in late 2017 that a man getting payments from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) was also working, but not disclosing his earnings.

The investigation revealed the man had also forged documents to get a mortgage on a house worth more than $500,000, police said in a media release.

ODSP estimates the couple received $130,000 more than they were entitled.

A 48-year-old man is charged with one count of fraud and using a forged document. His 38-year-old wife is also charged with fraud.

Both will appear in court on Feb. 26.