Former Long Sault civil servant charged with fraud

The RCMP detachment on Tollgate Road in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LONDON, Ont. – The RCMP has charged a former federal civil servant from Long Sault with fraud and breach of trust.

The Mounties allege the employee used his position, while working with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, to recommend purchases to a company he created.

Police say the amount defrauded was $256,523 and an additional $231,603 in government funds between 2016 and 2018.

Marc Primeau, 48, is charged with breach of trust, possession of property obtained by crime and fraud under the Criminal Code of Canada. An additional count of fraud has been laid under the Financial Administration Act.

Primeau will make his first court appearance July 25 in Ottawa.