Man accused of using dead relatives’ ID to collect government benefits

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A Blind River man is being accused of collecting government benefits worth more than $420,000 in the names of deceased relatives. In a news release Monday, the East Algoma OPP said the investigation began in May.

“Members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit received information from OPP Anti-Rackets Branch and began an investigation involving two members of a family fraudulently receiving both federal and provincial benefits in the names of deceased family members over a period of 1992 – 2014,” the release said. 

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