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Carpet cleaning contracts behind probe of Ontario ministries

August 04, 2010
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ONTARIO — Carpet cleaning contracts are behind a criminal investigation at three Ontario government ministries with civil servants accused of accepting kickbacks and rigging bids to line their pockets with cash and electronics, according to The Globe and Mail.
Premier Dalton McGuinty said last week that three government ministries were under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police (OOP), but did not say why.
Speculation has been rife, but on Tuesday, an unsealed portion of an OPP search warrant brought clarity, showing that investigators suspect that taxpayers and two government subcontractors have been defrauded of about $393,000 in the scheme, the article stated.
According to the article, the documents state that staff in the Ministries of Transportation, Economic Development and Trade and Community and Social Services are being investigated by the OPP for a scam that was centered on carpet cleaning contracts.
None of the ministries would comment, other than to say they were co-operating with investigators: Two subcontractors — CB Richard Ellis and SNC Lavalin Profac — are also named in the filing, the article added.
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