Two men charged in November in relation to a two year investigation into an Employment Insurance scam on Esgenoôpetitj First Nation have had their cases adjourned until next year.
Mark Simon, a 40-year-old man from Esgenoôpetitj First Nation has been charged with fraud over $5000, forgery and obstruction of justice. Ludger Savoie, a 54-year-old man from Bathurst has been charged with obstruction of justice.
Both men appeared in Miramichi Provincial Court on December 18, 2017. The matter was adjourned to January 15, 2018, when the men are expected to enter pleas.
The charges were laid as a result of an investigation into the issuing of altered records of employment that's believed to have resulted in Service Canada being defrauded of nearly $450,000.
The investigation determined that the fraudulent activity took place between 2009 and 2014 on the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation.