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Ottawa police charge Gatineau man in fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination certificate investigation

"Participating in such offences puts everybody at risk," says the Ottawa Police Service in a statement.
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

A 27-year-old Gatineau man is facing several fraud-related charges after an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) investigation into fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

The OPS says it launched an "extensive and complex investigation" in September, that involved the Street Crime Section and other units, as well as several law enforcement agencies.

An arrest was eventually made on Monday, October 25.

Pierre Patry, of Gatineau, is facing the following charges:

  • Uttering a Forged Document (two counts)
  • Forgery (two counts)
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime under $5,000 (two counts)
  • Conspiracy to commit indictable offence
  • Laundering Proceeds of Crime
  • Possession for the Purpose of trafficking (CDSA)

Patry was released with conditions and his court appearance is scheduled at a later date.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be laid.

The OPS is also reminding residents that selling, purchasing, utilizing or knowingly accepting false COVID-19 vaccination credentials is a crime and offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

"Participating in such offences puts everybody at risk," says the OPS in a statement on Tuesday.

Anyone with information regarding these types of fraud is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5492. 

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

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