< Former Nipissing director of public works pleads guilty to fraud

Former Nipissing director of public works pleads guilty to fraud

The former manager of public works in West Nipissing will appear in Ontario Court of Justice Feb. 26 to answer charges related to financial irregularities in that community.

Luc Rifou, 43, of West Nipissing, faces two charges of fraud over $5,000, two charges of fraud upon government and single charges of conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, utter forged documents and breach of public trust.

Rifou was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday at the North Bay Courthouse. The case was adjourned and neither Rifou nor his counsel appeared.

Two co-accused – Marc Gagnon, West Nipissing’s former director of public works and Steve Morrison, owner of MX Construction Inc. in West Nipissing – both pleaded guilty in earlier appearances.

Gagnon, who is now the chief administrative officer for the Municipality of French River, pleaded guilty of uttering forged documents in court Friday and was sentenced to a six-month conditional sentence.

Morrison was sentenced to six months house arrest in November after pleading guilty to one count each of fraud over $5,000 and uttering forged documents.

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This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Deborah McCoy – Is an investigative journalist and has over 17 years of investigation experience in both the private and public business sectors. Since joining CFN, Ms. McCoy has become a true advocate for victims of fraud and increasing the public’s awareness in fraud prevention.