01/10/2013 09:41 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Former Newfoundland DFO worker accused of defrauding government of $200,000

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland RCMP have laid 34 fraud-related charges against a former worker with the federal Fisheries Department.

The Mounties say 59-year-old David Scruton is accused of defrauding the government of more than $200,000 over an eight-year period.

The alleged offences occurred between July 1999 and June 2007.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Marc Coulombe says Scruton was formally charged Wednesday with 18 counts of fraud over $5,000, 13 counts of fraud under $5,000 and three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Coulombe wouldn't divulge details of the allegations because the matter is before the courts.

Scruton of St. John's, is due in provincial court on March 12.