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Former fire chief's case to resume in February

Fraud-related charges followed a seven-month investigation by OPP
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The Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse is pictured in this file photo. Michael Purvis/SooToday

The fraud-related court case involving Sault Ste. Marie's former fire chief has been put over until the new year.

Michael Figliola's matter will return to the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 26, following a judicial pre-trial on Feb. 8.

Justice Melanie Dunn agreed Monday to the adjournment and set the date for the pre-trial.

Local lawyer Jennifer Tremblay-Hall made the request on behalf of Toronto counsel Michael Lacy, who represents Figliola.

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

The charges followed a seven-month probe by the Ontario Provincial Police, which conducted the investigation at the request of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

Figliola was hired by the city in May 2015.

He served as deputy chief of the North Bay fire department before taking over the top job at the Sault's fire service.

About six months ago, the municipality indicated that the city and Figliola had "ended their employment relationship effective May 8."

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