Gary Lavoie faces discreditable conduct, deceit charges

Veteran Sudbury police officer Sgt. Gary Lavoie is facing two counts of discreditable conduct and one count of deceit — the final outstanding charges against him in a long legal battle.

Sudbury police officer accused of lying for medical benefits

Veteran Sudbury police officer Sgt. Gary Lavoie is facing two counts of discreditable conduct and one count of deceit — the final outstanding charges against him in a long legal battle.

Lavoie, who had been with the Greater Sudbury Police Service before being suspended with pay in Sept. 2011, pleaded not guilty to these additional three charges.

Before the hearing started yesterday afternoon, a clearly ruffled Lavoie appealed to the adjudicator, saying the prosecuting lawyer had instructed a senior police officer to ask him to resign during the break.

The adjudicator, former deputy chief of York Regional Police Terence Kelly, said the issue was outside his control, and the hearing proceeded.

Lavoie faces two counts of discreditable conduct stemming from allegations that Lavoie lied about the date he began living in a common-law relationship with his now-wife so that she could be added to his medical benefits.

Prosecutor David Migicovsky says the city was deceived into paying a higher level of benefits for Lavoie's partner when she didn't yet qualify.

The count of deceit relates to an affidavit that Lavoie gave saying he only began dating his now-wife in Feb. 2012.

Lavoie says that he paid $1000 back to the city to make amends for the benefit overpayment.

The long-serving officer has already been convicted of 36 counts under the Police Services Act, including discreditable conduct, breach of confidence, neglect of duty and insubordination. Most of those charges were  in connection with unauthorized police checks.

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