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Charges laid in Halton contract investigation

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Charges laid in Halton contract investigation

OAKVILLE, ONT. — An employee of an engineering services company, a former Halton Region public works manager and the manager’s wife have been charged by Halton Regional Police after an investigation into the awarding of region contracts.

It is alleged the 17-year former Halton employee defrauded the region of approximately $770,000 since 2008 by fraudulently administering or awarding region contracts to a Hamilton-based company named Sirron Systems Inc.

The Halton Police Regional Fraud Unit became aware of Nicolas Rewa’s alleged fraud after the arrest in August 2016 of another former employee, David Ohashi, who was charged with similar offences, notes a police media statement released April 13.

The police have arrested and charged the following in relation to this incident:

Nicolas Rewa, aged 55, of Mississauga. The former public works manager is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of municipal corruption, two counts of receiving secret commissions, one count of laundering proceeds of crime and one count of property obtained by crime;

Marion Rewa, aged 45, also of Mississauga, is charged with one count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of possession of property obtained by crime; and

David Norris, aged 52, of Stoney Creek. The employee of Sirron Systems Inc. is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of municipal corruption, two counts of receiving secret commissions, one count of laundering proceeds of crime and one count of property obtained by crime.

The allegations have yet to be proven in court. The accused are scheduled to appear in Milton Provincial Court on May 9.

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