Montreal

SQ officer charged with fraud in alleged sick-leave scam

A Quebec provincial police officer from Beloeil, a suburb about 35 kilometres east of Montreal, has been charged with fraud in connection with an alleged sick-leave scam.

Nicolas Landry, 39, is charged with fraud over $5,000

The SQ began investigating one of its own officers in July 2014 to look into an alleged sick leave scam. (Radio-Canada)

A Quebec provincial police officer from Beloeil, a suburb situated about 35 kilometres east of Montreal, has been charged with fraud in connection with an alleged sick-leave scam.

Nicolas Landry, 39, appeared in court on Wednesday and was formally charged with fraud over $5,000.

In a news release, the Sûreté du Québec said it began investigating the officer in July 2014.

"He allegedly knowingly submitted false information to the medical staff in order to extend a sick leave. He allegedly continued to receive compensation under false pretenses," the statement said.

The police force said it will reevaluate his work status in the coming days. Landry has been part of the provincial police force for 14 years.

After he was formally charged in court on Wednesday, Landry was released with conditions.

His next court appearance is set for Sept. 4 at the Montreal courthouse.