Woodstock man charged in alleged unemployment fraud

by | Oct 23, 2023

Police lay fraud charges following an investigation at the request of Service Canada

The Woodstock Police Force charged a 64-year-old Woodstock man with fraud following an investigation into the illegal collection of unemployment benefits.

Woodstock Deputy Chief Mark Bennett said the force’s Street Crime Unit launched the investigation in 2023 after receiving a complaint from Service Canada.

He said the complaint identified possible irregularities in unemployment benefit claims made by a Woodstock resident. 

After conducting an investigation, investigators determined that an individual had been receiving unemployment benefits inappropriately for an extended period of five years.

He said the inappropriate benefits resulted in an overpayment of more than $40,000.

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