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Ottawa couple charged with defrauding people of nearly $100,000

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Woman had worked as special assistant to Judy Foote

NORTH FRONTENAC, Ont. — Provincial police say they've charged an Ottawa couple in an alleged fraud that cost complainants nearly $100,000.

Investigators say the alleged fraud occurred between August 2013 and March 2016, and say a 67-year-old man and his 41-year-old wife are each charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000.

Investigators say the frauds utilized alleged political connections to influence, engage and establish trust with the victims.

It's alleged the accused posed as people with positions of high authority in order to defraud the complainants of large amounts of cash.

OPP say the wife charged in the case had worked as a special assistant to Newfoundland and Labrador MP Judy Foote, who resigned as public services and procurement minister and quit her seat in the Commons in August for family health reasons.

The couple are to appear in court in Sharbot Lake, Ont., on Dec. 18.

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