Winnipeg contractor inflated subcontractor invoices on police HQ project, RCMP alleges
Contractor jacked up his invoices for the new Winnipeg Police HQ, even after the overcharging scandal had already hit the news, RCMP documents allege
March 22, 2016 by Steve Payne
An article in the Winnipeg Free Press yesterday told us about the alleged brazenness of one particular contractor – at least according to the RCMP. If the allegations are proven, it would be a rare case of construction corruption occurring literally under the noses of the local police – in fact right in their own building.
Caspian Construction, the main contracting firm at Winnipeg’s new police HQ project, “padded construction invoices after the scandal over cost hikes had already erupted at city hall and an audit concluded the project was severely mismanaged,” the Free Press said.
The RCMP alleges in court documents, as part of its fraud and forgery investigation, that Caspian Construction falsified invoices or quotes from nine of its subcontractors in the time period from February 2011 and December 2014.
No charges have been laid at this time and none of the allegations has been proven in court. Meanwhile, Caspian president Armik Babakhanians has denied the allegations.