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Ottawa police charge 23-year-old as part of new initiative to curb uptick in prescription fraud

The OPS has launched "Project Mauve."
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. Mike Vlasveld/ CityNews

A 23-year-old Ottawa man is facing a list of charges after an eight-month-long police investigation into multiple incidents of prescription fraud.

Several reports were made to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) by different local pharmacies regarding suspicious prescriptions, between May 2020 and January 2021.

Investigators determined that the prescriptions were fraudulent and have identified one of the individuals believed to have been involved.

Kristopher Khalil has been charged with:    

  • Fraud not exceeding $5000 (seven counts)
  • Uttering a forged document (seven counts)
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence 
  • Unlawful possession of a Schedule I Substance 
  • Personation to gain advantage (two counts)

He was released on an undertaking, with a court appearance scheduled for a later date.

The OPS has since launched "Project Mauve" as a result of an increase in prescription fraud incidents in the city. The service says its investigators have been working diligently to identify the individuals responsible and lay appropriate charges, as the project remains active. 

Anyone with information about these incidents or any prescription fraud incidents is asked to contact Detective Dallaire with the East Investigations Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 3416.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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