Two former Service Canada employees face fraud charges after they allegedly created bogus community organizations to receive government grants and then pocketed the money.
The RCMP Major Fraud Unit charged Roger Adama Klouvi, 41, of Laval, Que., and Frédéric Hébert-Zonnon, 42, of Gatineau, Que., with fraud, conspiracy and defrauding the government.
The RCMP alleges the applications for funding were based on false documents, and that the funds were approved and then cashed on behalf of the fake community organizations to be shared with two other accomplices.
The two programs targeted were the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which funds community projects led or inspired by seniors, and the Canada Summer Jobs program. Service Canada administers both programs.
The alleged fraud, which began in the summer of 2007, resulted in potential losses of more than one million dollars, the RCMP said Thursday.
Service Canada detected the irregularities in the applications and asked the RCMP to investigate in September 2011.
Klouvi was suspended without pay in April 2012 and fired April 18, 2013, according to a spokesman for Employment and Social Development Canada, the government department responsible for Service Canada.
The Department of Justice Canada has also commenced a civil action against Klouvi in Quebec for the recovery of funds.
Hébert-Zonnon was no longer an employee at Service Canada at the time of the internal investigation, Service Canada said. Klouvi is scheduled to appear in court in Montreal on August 6. Hébert-Zonnon is scheduled to appear in a Gatineau courtroom on August 7.