CANADA - A House of Commons Public Accounts Committee emergency meeting today is to investigate allegations of a cover up in the enquiry into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) pension fund scandal.
Attendees at Wednesday’s meeting discussing the findings of a report into the scandal heard witnesses claim disgraced ex-commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, along with current and former RCMP officers, acted fraudulently.
Retired staff sergeant Ron Lewis told the house he tried to expose wrongdoings in meetings with senior officers: “I was met with inaction delays, roadblocks, obstructions and lies.”
He continued: “A culture was created by several senior executives where it was a danger for employees to report wrongdoings.”
The report found some CAN$3.4m (US$2.9m) in improper expenses, along with another CAN$1.3m, were charged to the plan to cover, amongst others, payments to friends and family as temporary staff.
Some excessive fees brought no value to the fund and some competition controls were not adhered to.
Although the RMCP found grounds to carry out disciplinary proceedings, it did not take action owing to the amount of time that had passed.
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