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Montréal, May 15, 2014 – Two former Service Canada employees have been charged with fraud against the Government of Canada resulting in potential losses of more than one million dollars. According to the investigation conducted by the RCMP Major Fraud Unit, Roger Adama Klouvi, 41, of Laval and Frédéric Hébert-Zonnon, 42, of Gatineau allegedly created several community organizations for the purpose of applying for grants under the New Horizons for Seniors Program and Canada Summer Jobs program, both administered by Service Canada.
It is alleged that the applications for funding were actually based on false documents, and that the funds were cashed on behalf of the so-called community organizations to be shared among the accomplices involved in this scam instead of being used for the intended activities.
Messrs. Klouvi and Hébert-Zonnon, along with Ameoli Quambah Aquerebourou, 41, of Laval and Messan Nagode Ayite-Zonnon, 37, of Montréal, face charges of fraud, conspiracy and frauds on the government. They are scheduled to appear in court on August 6 and 7 in Montréal and Gatineau.
Service Canada promptly detected the irregularities in the fraudulent applications for funding and referred the matter to the RCMP for investigation.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police works in conjunction with Service Canada to detect and suppress fraud affecting Government of Canada services.
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.