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Accused of fraud, Sault's former fire chief retains Toronto lawyer

The case has been adjourned until Sept. 18
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FILE PHOTO: Former Sault Ste. Marie fire chief Mike Figliola. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

Sault Ste. Marie's former fire chief wasn't in court Monday for his first scheduled appearance on fraud-related charges.

Michael Figliola's matter was put over until Sept. 18 so that his recently retained lawyer, Michael Lacy, of Toronto, can receive and review the Crown's disclosure. 

Local lawyer Jennifer Tremblay-Hall appeared before Ontario Court Justice Romuald Kwolek, on behalf of Lacy and his client, and asked for the case to be adjourned.

Figliola, 58, of Huron Shores, was charged Aug. 1 with fraud, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by a public official.

The charges followed a seven-month criminal investigation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service asked the OPP to do the probe in December 2016.

Figliola, the former deputy fire chief of the North Bay Fire Department, was hired by the city of Sault Ste. Marie in May 2015 to take over the top post at the local fire service.

A press release, issued by the municipality nearly four months ago, indicated the city and Figliola "ended their employment relationship effective May 8."

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About the Author: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 45 years.
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