A provincial civil servant has been suspended after he was among 28 people — including three Ontario Hells Angels — who were charged last week in what police call a multi-million-dollar illegal offshore gambling enterprise.
Richard Pereira, 35, of Oshawa, was charged with criminal breach of trust and unauthorized use of a computer in the police operation, which police said was linked to York Region mobsters as well as outlaw bikers.
Pereira is a Ministry of Transportation employee and was the only civil servant charged.
“The employee in question has been placed on suspension pending investigation,” Alisha Tharani of the provincial Treasury Board Secretariat told the Star.
She offered no details about the terms of the suspension.
“The Ontario Public Service will cooperate with authorities as required,” Tharani said in an email. “As this is currently an active human resources matter we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Charges against other suspects in the police crackdown included commission of offences for a criminal organization, bookmaking, firearms, money laundering and tax evasion.
The Ontario Provincial Police said they seized more than $12 million in assets, including sports cars, two golf carts, seven residences, nine illegal handguns, jewelry valued at approximately $300,000, $330,000 in precious metals, $1.2 million in financial accounts and approximately $1.7 million in cash.
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