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OPP Association membership updated with new details of RCMP investigation

Posted March 13, 2015

The Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) membership were provided "additional information" yesterday in a communique from the interim union leadership, that listed more specifically the alleged offences the RCMP is investigating that triggered search warrants executed at the offices at 199 Ferris Lane in Barrie on March 6.

"The Association would like to point out that the RCMP investigation is in early stages, and that no charges have been laid. The warrant alleges "there are reasonable grounds for believing that the following offences have been committed:"
  • Section 322 Theft Criminal Code;
  • Section 36 Criminal Breach of Trust Criminal Code;
  • Section 380 (1) Fraud Criminal Code;
  • Section 462.31 Laundering the Proceeds of Crime Criminal Code; and
  • Section 341 Fraudulent Concealment Criminal Code.
In addition, an internal investigation is being conducted by the independent legal firm of Stikeman Elliott. Counsel from Stikeman Elliot is conducting the investigation under the oversight of the Acting CAO, Michael Briscoe. The Information to Obtain the search warrant remains sealed by the court."

The OPPA represents nearly 10,000 uniformed and civilian members of the provincial police force, including Nottawasaga OPP. Its head office is located in Barrie.

OPPA president and CEO Jim Christie, vice-president Martin Bain and CAO Karl Walsh, have taken voluntary leaves of absence. Additionally, Mr. Walsh has been placed on administrative leave by its board of directors.

"The day to day operation of the Association continues with member services being our priority."

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