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Former Kap CAO charged with defrauding town

 KAPUSKASING - Two men, including a former chief administrative officer for the Town of Kapuskasing, are accused of bilking the municipality of $800,000.

According to a release issued Friday afternoon by the James Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, on June 6, 2017, the Crime Unit of the Kapuskasing area OPP commenced an investigation into allegations of fraud involving two males in the Town of Kapuskasing.

“Police investigation revealed that between September 2014 and February 2015, a male from the Town of Kapuskasing as well as the owner of a solar panel company contracted by the Town of Kapuskasing, defrauded the town of approximately $800 000,” police stated in its release.

OPP Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) and OPP Aviation Services, using their Unmanned Aerial System, assisted with this investigation.

Yvan Brousseau, 64, from Crysler, has been charged with Fraud Over $5,000 contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and Breach of Trust by a Public Officer contrary to section 122 CC.

During the period police allege the offense occurred, Brousseau held the position of chief executive officer of Énergie Kapuskasing Energy, which was wholly owned by the town.

The municipally owned company had two divisions, one based on solar generation, the other on hydroelectric power production. At the time of Brousseau’s appointment, it was anticipated Énergie Kapuskasing Energy would be a big revenue generator for the town.

The co-accused is Karl Hollett, 54 years of age, from Napanee, has been charged with Fraud Over $5,000 contrary to section 380(1)(a) CC.

Hollett was the chief executive officer of Strathcona Energy Group, a Napanee-based solar product manufacturing company that declared bankruptcy in July 2017.

Both accused individuals have been released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kapuskasing on March 19.