UPDATE: Neil McKinnon, a prominent local citizen, former Barrie citizen of the year, and a past president of the ANAF club, is facing a number of criminal charges, none of which have been proven in court.
Barrie police have charged a former executive board member of the Barrie branch of the Army Navy Air Force club with a number of offences following a six-month investigation.
An 86-year-old Midhurst man has been arrested and charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of theft over $5,000, and criminal breach of trust. The amount of the alleged fraud has been reported to be $316,000.
Police began the investigation last November following a complaint from both the provincial command and the local club of the veterans’ association. The complaint was about the “conduct of two former executive board members,” according to a police press release.
Police say that the investigation revealed that “funds were obtained fraudulently for monthly honourium payments, unsubstantiated expense payments, unauthorized medical insurance benefits and for the purchase of three motor vehicles.”
“A 2008 Buick Enclave motor vehicle was seized as stolen property and will be turned over to the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit for disposal.”
A court date of May 16 has been set for the man charged. Police say the investigation continues and “a further arrest is expected.”