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Two Halton Fire Fighters Arrested for Fraud

Release Date: February 28th, 2017 – 1:55pm

Originator: Constable David Ellsworth, Media Relations, 905-825-4747 Ext. 5224

Contact: D/Sergeant Chris Lawson, Regional Fraud Unit, 905-465-8965

Location: Region-wide

On February 28th the Halton Regional Police Service Regional Fraud Bureau arrested two men on charges of Fraud over $5000, money laundering, and attempt to obstruct justice. These charges are in relation to funds donated to the head office of the OPFFA (Ontario Professional Firefighters Association) in Burlington, ON on behalf of families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty.

Between May 12, 2011 and February 26, 2014 Warren Paul ATKINSON, 52, of Newmarket, and Colin Stuart GRIEVE, 58, of Stoney Creek, conducted advocacy work to assist families of retired and deceased fire fighters from all over Ontario in applying for WSIB benefits. The OPFFA received a complaint which caused them to conduct an internal investigation into donations. The investigation revealed several large donations to the OPFFA that were never received, all linked to ATKINSON and GRIEVE.  The OPFFA contacted Halton Regional Police. The ensuing investigation resulted in the charges as previously mentioned.

Both men are due to appear in Ontario Provincial Court Milton, ON, March, 29th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Halton Regional Fraud Unit at 905-465-8965, Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).