Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Documents Suggest Firm That Built Winnipeg Police HQ Wrote Cheques to Mayor

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Documents Suggest Firm That Built Winnipeg Police HQ Wrote Cheques to Mayor

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Documents suggest construction firm wrote cheques

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WINNIPEG - Newly unsealed RCMP documents suggest the owner of the company that built Winnipeg's new police headquarters wrote cheques to former mayor Sam Katz.

The search warrant papers were filed days before police raided Caspian Construction in December 2014.

Mounties allege Caspian forged, inflated and manipulated invoices for work on the headquarters -- a project that's more than $75 million over budget.

The documents say a former accounting employee from Caspian told investigators that Katz had received two personal cheques from the company's owner worth as much as $6,000 each.

Other employees told police money paid to the former mayor was for Winnipeg Jets and concert tickets at the MTS Centre.

None of the allegations in the documents has been proven in court

The accountant did not know why Katz received the money and noted it wasn't related to any specific job. …

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