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Three charged in West Nip case

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Members of the Anti-Rackets Branch of the Ontario Provincial Police have charged three people with several criminal offences following an investigation of allegations of financial irregularities involving the Municipality of West Nipissing.

In late January 2016, the OPP accepted a formal request from the Chief of West Nipissing Police Service to conduct an independent investigation into dealings between the Municipality and a third-party contractor.

Charged are Marc Gagnon, 49 years of West Nipissing with two counts of fraud over $5,000 , breach of trust, fraud on government, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and uttering forged documents.

Police also charged Luc Rifou, 42 of West Nipissing with two counts of fraud over $5,000, breach of trust, fraud on government, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and uttering forged documents.

Steve Morrison, 42 years of Sturgeon Falls, faces several charges to include two counts of fraud over $5,000, fraud on government, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and uttering forged documents.

The investigation is ongoing.

All three accused are expected to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sturgeon Falls on October 6.