Montreal man defrauds Feds out of one million dollars

A Montréal man will face 44 counts of employment insurance fraud. Éric Turcotte, 43 and currently incarcerated, allegedly created and used fraudulently over 80 different identities to submit false statements. It is estimated that this scheme generated potential losses of $1 million for the government. The investigation, led by the RCMP Major Fraud Unit, was launched in March 2013 following a complaint by Service Canada.

The investigation revealed that the accused allegedly used false birth certificates, several social insurance numbers (SIN), records of employment from fictitious employers and various identity documents to apply for employment insurance benefits.

Turcotte faces charges of fraud exceeding $5,000, use, trafficking or possession of forged document and identity fraud under the Criminal Code. He is scheduled to appear in court in Montréal on April 1st.

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