Howick Township man charged with 16 counts of rural fraud

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(HURON COUNTY, ON) - A Howick Township man has been charged with 16 counts of rural fraud.

Wednesday July 18, the Huron County OPP Crime Unit with the assistance of the OPP RACT (Rural Agricultural Crime Team) completed a six-month investigation into rural frauds within the county spanning a period of two years.

The investigation revealed a large number of fraudulent business transactions, impersonation of creditors, and the uttering of false documents, which had been taking place since January, 2010. 

Many of the transactions involved the sale of cattle and other agricultural services.  The victims included individual farmers and some local businesses.

Brian Merkley, 39, of Howick Township has been charged with:

  • Obtaining by false pretense under $5,000 (one count)
  • Obtaining by false pretense over $5,000 (nine counts)
  • Fraud over $5,000 (one count)
  • Obtaining credit by fraud (one count)
  • Theft by person required to account (two counts)
  • Uttering a forged document (two counts) 

He is scheduled to appear in Goderich Court Sept. 10, to answer to these charges.


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