Criminal charges have been laid against Sault Ste. Marie’s former fire chief.

On Tuesday, the OPP said it was charging Michael Figliola, 58, with fraud, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by public official.

“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,” reads a statement from OPP.

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

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

Figliola left the department in May. At the time, the city wouldn’t say if Figliola quit or if he was fired.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the city said it has been made aware of charges brought against its former fire chief.

"This matter is a legal proceeding before the courts. As such, it would not be appropriate to comment further," reads a statement from the city.

At Monday night’s meeting, city council approved the appointment of Peter Johnson as the new fire chief.