London woman charged with defrauding Veterans Affairs

The RCMP have charged a London woman with defrauding Veterans Affairs Canada over more than $26,000. It's alleged Terrill Anne Brooke, 61, continued to accepted payments issued to her mother after her death.

RCMP allege the accused accepted veteran survivor benefits after the recipient had died

A London woman has been charged with defrauding Veterans Affairs Canada of more than $26,000 following an eight month investigation by the RCMP.

Terrill Anne Brooke, 61, is charged with fraud over $5,000 after allegedly accepting veteran survivor benefits after the recipient had died, according to a release Thursday from the RCMP.

Brooke was charged after she allegedly failed to report her mother's death to Veterans Affairs Canada "and continued to accept payments after her … death," said Staff Sgt. Dave Cowan, who is in charge of the RCMP's London Financial Crime Unit.

It's alleged Brooke collected veteran survivor benefits from the government agency for 14 months after the recipient's death.

Cowan said police were tipped by Veterans Affairs that a fraud had been committed. 

"They asked us to look into it," said Cowan — adding it's the first time the RCMP has investigated a case of this type in London.

Brooke is scheduled to appear in court in London on September 11.

"The RCMP respects the valued sacrifices veterans and their families have made for Canadians and is committed to protecting the integrity of the institutions appointed to care for them," said Inspector Joe Czene, Officer in Charge of the London detachment.