Gatineau man charged in fraudulent COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate investigation

Posted On Tuesday October 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 26, 2021            2:00pm

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit has charged a man with several fraud related offences following an investigation that commenced in September 2021.

The extensive and complex investigation that involved the Street Crime Section and other Units, as well as several Law Enforcement agencies, culminated in the arrest and charging of a man yesterday.

On October 25th, Pierre PATRY, 27 years old, of Gatineau was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Uttering a Forged Document x2
  • Forgery x2
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime under $5000 x2
  • Conspiracy to commit indictable offence
  • Laundering Proceeds of Crime
  • Possession for the Purpose of trafficking (CDSA)

 PATRY was released on an Undertaking with conditions and his court appearance is scheduled at a later date.

 The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be laid.

 The Ottawa Police would like to remind Ottawa residents that selling, purchasing, utilizing or knowingly accepting false COVID-19 vaccination credentials (certificate/passport) is a Criminal Offence and offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  Participating in such offences puts everybody at risk and fragilizes our community’s public health.

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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