Six charged with fraud at truck driving school in eastern Ontario, Quebec – Brockville Newswatch


ORILLIA – Six people have been charged with fraud after a two-year investigation into the training of unlicensed commercial drivers by provincial police forces in Ontario and Quebec.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, the schools were providing unauthorized training to students in Eastern Ontario and Quebec using techniques to circumvent the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

The alleged scheme saw students using an interpreter to take knowledge tests, non-residents receiving Ontario driver’s licenses and skills to pass mandatory entry-level training.

The schools enabled 200 students to obtain commercial vehicle licenses.

But OPP spokesman Bill Dickson told Brockville Newswatch they instead blamed the six driving school operators and left MTO to deal with the students.

“This is part of the ongoing investigation. You have these 200 people that we identified and could we have charged them? This is one of the aspects we looked at. What we did instead was charge the people who…were running the fraudulent operations, and then we just forwarded all the names of those 200 people to MTO for their awareness and action,” Dickson said.

The six charged with fraud over $5,000 include a 66-year-old man from Cornwall and a 68-year-old man from Cornwall.

The others come from Laval, Quebec, Saint-Eustache, Quebec, and Caledon, Ontario.

The case is being heard in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa.

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