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.
Service Canada promptly detected the irregularities in the fraudulent applications for employment insurance benefits and referred the matter to the RCMP for investigation. Service Canada worked closely with the RCMP officers throughout the investigation.
The RCMP works in conjunction with Service Canada to detect and suppress fraud affecting Government of Canada services.
Appeal to the public
If you have information on individuals or groups of persons you believe to be involved in fraudulent activity, contact the RCMP at 1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.
To report employment insurance fraud, call 1-800-808-6352 or visit Fraud Awareness and Reporting - Service Canada.