SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- The RCMP in New Brunswick say three people from Saint John have been charged with fraud against the Canadian government following a four-year investigation.

Police say 61-year-old Herman Thompson, 62-year-old Cecile Bernier and 52-year-old Richard Howe have all been charged with fraud over $5,000.

The Mounties say the charges stem from an investigation that started in 2008 following an unspecified complaint from the Canada Pension Plan office.

Howe and Thompson are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 19 for election and plea.

Bernier's case is due in court for an election and plea on Oct. 16.