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Former St. Leonard's executive director faces numerous fraud charges

Bill Sanderson was with the Brantford agency for nearly 40 years. He faces charges that include laundering the proceeds of crime.

Bill Sanderson was with the Brantford agency for nearly 40 years

Bill Sanderson, retired executive director of St. Leonard's Community Services in Brantford, is facing numerous fraud charges, including laundering the proceeds of crime, after a Hamilton-led investigation. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The former head of a Brantford charity that handles addiction, mental health and justice programs has been charged with fraud and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Bill Sanderson, 63, of Tillsonburg is the former executive director of St. Leonard's Community Services. He's been charged with nine fraud charges, using forged documents and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Hamilton Police are leading the investigation because there are Brantford Police officers sitting on the St. Leonard's board, said Det. Sgt. Wendy Vallesi from Hamilton's major fraud unit.

The investigation dates back to February 2015, when Brantford Police heard of "financial concerns" at the agency after an internal financial review.

A joint team did a year-long investigation, Hamilton Police say.

Sanderson is charged with:

  • Laundering the proceeds of crime.
  • Four counts of fraud over $5,000.
  • Four counts of fraud under $5,000.
  • Using forged documents.

Sanderson retired in late 2014. A Brantford Expositor article says he started working at the organization in March 1976.

The paper says Sanderson is a Hamilton native and graduate of McMaster University.

He is out on bail, Vallesi says, and the proceedings are subject to a publication ban. He returns to court July 7.

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