Former Baddeck CAO charged with fraud

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Baddeck, N.S., with its office in the old courthouse on Chebucto Street, replaced its chief administrative officer in October 2021.  (Tom Ayers/CBC - image credit)
Baddeck, N.S., with its office in the old courthouse on Chebucto Street, replaced its chief administrative officer in October 2021. (Tom Ayers/CBC - image credit)

A former chief administrative officer with the financially troubled village of Baddeck in Cape Breton, N.S., has been charged with fraud after a months-long investigation by Victoria County District RCMP and the RCMP's commercial crime section.

On Monday, Megan Cooper, 36, of Baddeck was charged with fraud over $5,000, according to a news release.

Cooper was removed from her position as chief administrative officer in October 2021, and officials refused to comment on the staffing changes.

A month later, RCMP received a complaint from the Village of Baddeck concerning possible fraud committed by a former employee.

That complaint sparked a months-long investigation related to the fraud.

Cooper was released on conditions and will appear in Sydney Provincial Court in October.

The investigation is ongoing.

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