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NOTL couple accused in $2M school board fraud
Former DSBN chief technology officer Dino Miele. (Twitter)

Three people face fraud-related charges after an eight-month investigation by Niagara Regional Police into financial activities at the District School Board of Niagara.

The charges involve allegations of false invoicing, diverting revenue and other offences between 2003 and 2019, investigators said.

In all, police said the school board lost $2.1 million.

Former DSBN chief information officer Dino Miele, 62, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and former IT department employee Alex Hagopian, 58, are charged with one count each of fraud over $5,000, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Miele’s wife Peggy, 60, faces one count of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Earlier this year, the school board launched a $4.2 million lawsuit against the Mieles, Hagopian and two other people, alleging that $2.24 million was lost or redirected from the board to businesses that financially benefited Miele.

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