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Mississauga doctor facing fraud charges after 'complex' police investigation

The OPP coat of arms, in Toronto, December 1, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/J.P. Moczulski

A Mississauga doctor is facing fraud charges after an investigation by Ontario Provincial Police.

The OPP says the investigation centred around the Aims Multispecialty Clinic in the suburb just west of Toronto.

Police say they got involved after the provincial health ministry began receiving complaints about patients being unnecessarily referred to doctors at the clinic.

Dr. Carlo Meola, 59, is charged with fraud over $5,000.

Police did not estimate a value of the fraud other than to describe it as “significant” and say it had been occurring regularly.

Meola is scheduled to appear in court on Mar. 1.