Former Sault Ste. Marie Fire Chief, Mike Figliola didn’t appear in court Monday morning for his first appearance, instead he was represented by his lawyer who requested to the court that the matter return in mid September.
Figliola is facing charges of fraud, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by a public official.
Figliola was charged by the OPP in early August, just months after parting ways with the city and his new position of Fire Chief that he was hired for just over a year ago.
Figliola was fired in May of this year.
Figliola, 58 who lives in Huron Shores caused a riff with the Sault Firefighters Association when a three year realignment plan was introduced calling for a reduction in the number of firefighters. That riff spread throughout the community and put a wedge between the fire association the the city administration for over a year.
Both the corporation of the city of Sault Ste. Marie nor the Firefighters’ Association have said they did not ask police to conduct the investigation.