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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:30 am    Post subject: ex-OPP union leaders charged with fraud in Ontario Reply with quote

( there is finally charges in the opp union scandal , not mentioned in article Karl Walsh was a former federal liberal candidate for Barrie I believe in 2008 election ? )


Ex-OPP union officials charged with fraud, laundering after RCMP probe


The Mounties have alleged the former union officials and others set up a sophisticated network of schemes to defraud union members.




In a release Thursday, RCMP say charges of fraud over $5,000 and laundering have been laid against five people who were former officers or union officials for the OPP.

In a release Thursday, RCMP say charges of fraud over $5,000 and laundering have been laid against five people who were former officers or union officials for the OPP. (Rene Johnston / Toronto Star file photo)



By The Canadian Press

Thu., June 16, 2016



The RCMP say criminal charges have been laid against five people following an investigation into allegations of fraud by top leaders of the union that represents Ontario Provincial Police.

The Mounties have alleged the former union officials and others set up a sophisticated network of schemes involving secretly owned companies and offshore investments to defraud union members.

In a release Thursday, RCMP say charges of fraud over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime have been laid against Karl Walsh, 52, James Christie, 48, Martin Bain, 50, Andrew McKay, 54, all Ontario residents, and Francis Chantiam, 60, of New Jersey.

They are due in court on July 18.

Christie, Bain and Walsh are police officers who were suspended by the OPP with pay in March 2015 pending the outcome of the investigation.




The union dismissed Walsh, who was its chief administrative officer. Christie was president and Bain vice-president. The union said they took administrative leaves.


McKay is a former police officer who works as a lawyer.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/06/16/ex-opp-union-officials-charged-with-fraud-laundering-after-rcmp-probe.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Former OPP union executives face charges




Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:25:53 EDT PM

RCMP officers executed search warrants in 2014 at the head office of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Association in Barrie. IAN MCINROY/EXAMINER FILE


Charges have been laid following RCMP’s fraud and theft investigation targeting former senior executive members of the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) and their business associates.

The OPPA office is located in Barrie.

The investigation, which started in the fall of 2014, centred on allegations that top union leaders worked with others to set up companies to provide services to the union’s membership but failed to disclose their financial interests in those companies.

On Thursday, the RCMP stated in a news release that five people have been charged with fraud over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime. They include Karl Walsh, 52, of West Gwillimbury; James Christie, 48, of Midland; Martin Bain, 50 of Oro-Medonte Township; Andrew McKay, 54, of Toronto; and Francis Chantiam, 60, of New Jersey.

After the allegations became public in early 2015, it resulted in the departures of Christie, the association’s president; Bain, the vice-president; and Walsh, the chief administrative officer. All three men, sworn officers with the OPP, were also suspended with pay from the force.

New documents filed in an Ontario court in March by RCMP Sgt. Gordon Aristotle said that there were reasonable grounds to believe Bain, Christie and Walsh had committed theft, breach of trust, fraud and money laundering.

Three of their business associates, Toronto lawyer Andrew McKay, Klara Kozak and Noel Chantiam, were believed to have committed money laundering and fraud, Aristotle wrote.

None of the accusations have been proven in court.

"Because it's before the courts, I'm not going to provide comment on the allegations or charges," said current OPPA president Rob Jamieson. "It's never good when you have criminal charges laid against those who are entrusted into positions of authority and responsibility."

According to the most recent court filings, a plan was developed in 2014 to defraud the OPPA for “personal financial benefit through deceit of the OPPA board of directors and the OPPA membership.”

It is alleged that McKay and Chantiam provided the legal and business expertise to establish the new companies, while Christie, Bain and Walsh “used their positions of influence” within the union to secure business relationships with those companies.

One company that was set up was Leximco/First Response Travel. Kozak would serve as its “face,” but all six would have a financial interest in the company, the court documents allege.

OPPA staff were notified that Leximco/First Response would become the exclusive travel and accommodation service provider of the OPPA at a cost of approximately $400,000 a year.

A second company was called PIN Consulting Group Inc. McKay would serve as its “face,” but everyone, except Kozak, would have a financial interest in it, the court documents state. The company would provide a wide range of services related to travel, real estate and investments for a monthly fee of $5,000.

It is alleged this monthly fee was used by Christie, Walsh and Bain to subsidize their financial contribution for the purchase of shares in the travel company.

“All current directors of the OPPA board have been interviewed by investigators,” Aristotle wrote. “None were ever advised that Walsh, Bain and Christie had a beneficial interest in PIN or Leximco/First Response.”

This, according to the board, was a “serious conflict of interest,” Aristotle wrote.

According to the court records, the RCMP investigation — triggered in October 2014 when two OPPA whistleblowers came forward alleging criminal activity — has involved the review of numerous emails, text messages, bank statements, wire transfers and cheque stubs, as well as many witness interviews.

According to Jamieson, the OPPA has already undergone changes to guard against any potential future fraudulent activity but he wouldn't provide details.

"I will say that we've enacted reforms to the way the OPPA operates," he said. "We've created more accountability to protect OPPA finances, and we've turned the page on a dark chapter in our history."

The OPPA, which has its office on Ferris Lane, represents more than 6,200 uniformed and 3,600 civilian members.

The accused will make their initial court appearance at Old City Hall Courts in Toronto on July 18.

* With files from Douglas Quan, Postmedia Network, Daniel McKenzie, Postmedia Network, and Canadian PRess

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