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Police searching for Ottawa woman believed to have defrauded local union out of $19K

An arrest warrant was issued after police say the suspect was found to be writing herself cheques between 2015 and 2016.
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is issuing an arrest warrant for a 58-year-old woman, who officers say wrote herself cheques for more than $19,000 as interim president and treasurer of a local union.

Police say anomalies were discovered by the union during an internal audit, which prompted an internal investigation. A complaint was then made to police.

The OPS Organized Fraud Unit conducted an investigation in relation to incidents it says happened between 2015 and 2016.

Investigators say the suspect used her position of trust, as interim president and treasurer of a local union, to write herself approximately 50 cheques.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Margarita Faundez, of Ottawa, for:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Laundering Proceeds of Crime

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to send an e-mail to the lead investigator A/S/Sgt. Steven Desjourdy at

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

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