OPP closes books on MFP computer leasing scandal
Published Monday, March 15, 2010 6:20PM EDT
TORONTO - Ontario provincial police say they won't lay any charges in a computer leasing scandal at Toronto city hall five years ago.
Insp. Dave Ross said in a statement that after a comprehensive investigation, OPP decided there are no reasonable grounds to lay any criminal charges.
Police launched the investigation in 2005 at the request of the City of Toronto.
It followed an inquiry by Justice Denise Bellamy into allegations of conflict of interest, bribery and misappropriation of funds around computer leasing contracts.
In that report, Bellamy found that former city councillor Tom Jakobek received perks from MFP Financial Services lead salesman Dash Domi -- brother of former Toronto Maple Leafs player Tie Domi.
It also found credible evidence that Domi gave Jakobek $25,000.
Toronto Mayor David Miller said the city has reviewed or acted on all 241 of Bellamy's recommendations since the report was released, and will implement the final five by the end of this year.
"While the investigation recommends no formal charges, the scandal and the resulting inquiries shed light on a truly regrettable breach of the public trust that should never have happened," said Miller.
Among those changes are tougher lobbying guidelines and controls, strong directives on staff ethics and a new policy framework for Toronto's accountability officers.
Toronto police had asked the provincial force to take over the investigation to avoid any perception of conflict of interest.