Seven Ottawa residents charged with investigating fraud

OTTAWA – Seven people face charges following a 19-month investigation into prescription fraud for hydrocodone and oxycocet at local pharmacies.

Ottawa police launched ‘Project Mauve’ in May 2020 after receiving several reports from local pharmacies regarding suspicious prescriptions.

Police say investigators have solved over 40 cases, with the majority of the cases involving organized fraud and involving several participants.

In July, Kristopher Khalil was charged with seven counts of fraud and publication of a forged document.

On Thursday, police announced that another six residents are facing charges related to fraud, possession of drugs, conspiracy to commit a criminal offense and burglary. The six other suspects are Ibrahim Mairane, Amanuel Samuel, Zackaria Dirie, Nuredin Faqi, Mahad Munin and Ali Khaleel.

Anyone with information about these incidents or incidents of prescription fraud should contact Detective Dallaire with the East Investigations Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 3416.

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