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OPP seek 2 people, including ex-government director, in fraud investigation

A former government director and his spouse are accused of committing fraud, the Ontario Provincial Police said on Monday evening.

Former Ontario government employee facing 3 charges, including fraud over $5,000, breach of trust

A former provincial government director and his spouse are accused of committing fraud, the Ontario Provincial Police said on Monday evening.

The OPP is looking for a male suspect, a former senior bureaucrat with Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, who is facing three charges including breach of trust, fraud over $5,000 and conspiring to commit a criminal offence.

The 37-year-old man also worked as a director with a start-up company called LokaWoka Inc., which produced an app that linked up workers and people needing help with odd jobs.

The man's spouse, a 36-year-old woman, is also wanted for fraud over $5,000 and one other charge of conspiring.

The OPP said its Anti-Rackets Branch received a complaint about the suspect in January of 2015 and launched an investigation.

The police force was not immediately available to provide further details about the charges.

Government conducted internal investigation

Anne-Marie Flanagan, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, said the government conducted its own investigation and notified the OPP of the results.

"An internal investigation was conducted when inconsistencies involving a former employee were discovered," Flanagan said in an email to CBC Toronto.

"Our government takes allegations of misconduct very seriously."

The OPP has issued warrants for the pair. Anyone who knows where they are is asked to contact police. 

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