SSM Former Fire Chief Charged after Investigation of Alleged Criminal Wrongdoing

Aug 1, 2017 @ 14:58
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Sault Ste. Marie area resident following an investigation relating to allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

In December 2016, the Commissioner of the OPP received a request from the Chief of Sault Ste. Marie Police Service to conduct an external, independent and thorough investigation. The investigation was completed by the OPP East Algoma Crime Unit under the direction of Major Case Manager, Detective Inspector Rob Matthews with the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

As a result, the OPP have charged Michael FIGLIOLA, 58 years old, of Huron Shores, Ontario with:

  • Fraud, Section 380(1)(b), contrary to the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Uttering a forged document, Section 368(1)(a), contrary to the CC; and
  • Breach of trust by public official, Section 122, contrary to the CC.


The accused is scheduled to appear on Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The OPP will not comment further in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the ongoing court processes.

Editor’s Note – Michael Figliola was Sault Ste. Marie’s Former Fire Chief. HIs employment relationship with the City of Sault Ste. Marie ended effective Monday, May 8th. Deputy Chief Paul Milosevich served as interim Fire Chief, until yesterday, July 31st during a SSM Special Council Meeting where Peter Johnson was appointed the new Fire Chief.

Brenda Stockton
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