Three charged in connection with fraud allegations at the District School Board of Niagara

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Published June 24, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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After an eight-month investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Fraud Squad Unit, police have laid charges against three people following allegations of fraud at the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN).

Two of the accused are former DSBN employees. 

During the investigation, which looked into allegations of false invoicing, diverted revenue and other actions, the police estimated it all happened between 2003 and 2019 with an estimated loss to the DSBN of over $2.1 million.

Former DSBN Chief Information Officer Dino Miele, 62, of Niagara-on-the-Lake was charged with one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

His spouse, Peggy Miele, 60, was charged with one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

A third person, former DSBN Information Technology employee Alexander Hagopian, 58, of St. Catharines was charged with one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The three accused were taken into custody today (June 24) and released. They will appear in court in the future.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service Central Fraud Unit at 905-688-4111.

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