Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau have arrested and charged a 50 year-old Toronto woman, after an investigation involving the Region of Peel Human Services Department. The Region of Peel is cooperating with Peel Regional Police in the investigation.
From August 21, 2009 to June 6, 2014 the accused Sandra SAMAROO was employed as a case worker for the Ontario Works Assistance Program for the Region of Peel. She was terminated by the Region of Peel in June 2014.
The accused was responsible for issuing funds to persons who met specific legislated criteria for eligibility in receiving monetary benefits from the Region of Peel.
The accused Sandra SAMAROO manipulated persons to make false claims for benefits offered by the Region of Peel and would personally approve them and receive personal monetary gain from them.
SAMAROO introduced clients to her common law spouse and co-accused Mootilal RAMPHAL who posed as a spiritual healer. He would offer his services as a healer to these clients and received fees for the services he provided.
Sandra SAMAROO benefitted financially and misused her authority as she had access to the co-accused’s case file and issued him funds he was not eligible for.
The approximate total of $50,000.00 in value was defrauded by Sandra SAMAROO.
Sandra SAMAROO, a 50 year-old female from Toronto was arrested on Friday August 12, 2016 for Fraud Over $5,000.00 and Breach of Trust and was released on a Promise to Appear and Undertaking with a court date of Monday September 12, 2016.
The co-accused Mootilal RAMPHAL, a 57 year-old male from Toronto was arrested on Friday August 12, 2016 for Fraud Over $5,000.00 and was released on a Promise to Appear and Undertaking with a court date of Monday September 12, 2016.
Investigators believe there may be further victims who have not come forward and are requesting they contact police.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Fraud Investigators at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3330. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting their website at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “Peel” and then your tip. – CINEWS