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3 OPP officers suspended as RCMP continues fraud investigation

Three Ontario Provincial Police officers at the centre of an ongoing RCMP fraud and theft investigation have been suspended.

The probe alleges the top leaders of the police force’s union, lead by chief administrative officer Karl Walsh, had set up a sophisticated network of schemes, involving secretly-owned companies and offshore investments to defraud union members.

Walsh, as well as Det. Sgt. James Christie, P.C. Martin Bain, were suspended on Friday.

A senior OPP union official has also been fired in connection with the investigation.

Earlier this month the RCMP raided the offices of top OPP union leaders.

Search warrants and production orders related to the March 6 raid say there are “reasonable grounds for believing” the offences have been committed, along with criminal breach of trust and fraudulent concealment.

Warrants were issued for searches at several locations, including the Ontario Provincial Police Association’s offices in Barrie, Ont., three vehicles registered in its name and a Toronto travel company.

The warrants, orders and other related documents were initially sealed by the Ontario Superior Court but released by a judge on Friday.

The allegations against senior union officials and others were laid out in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court.

No charges have been laid.

With files from The Canadian Press