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Three Ottawa police officers accused of tipping local tow operators off to accidents for money

"The criminal charges laid by the RCMP today are very serious and I want to thank the RCMP for their professional diligence and assistance in this investigation." said Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly.
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Ottawa Police Service hat. File photo.

Three Ottawa police constables are facing charges, including breach of trust and secret commissions, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) found that Ottawa Police Service (OPS) employees had been working with certain local tow truck drivers -- letting them know about accidents in exchange for money.

Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly said Thursday, that the OPS received information that one of its members was involved in alleged criminal behavior related to corrupt practices back in June of 2019. 

The service then requested that the RCMP's "O" Division Anti-Corruption Unit investigate the matter. 

Sloly says the RCMP conducted a thorough investigation over 10 months. 

Charges have been laid against the following members of the Ottawa Police Service:

Constable Hussein Assaad, 44:

  • Breach of Trust, contrary to the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Secret Commissions, contrary to the CC
  • Obstruction of Justice, contrary to the CC
  • Provide unauthorized access to confidential police databases, contrary to the CC
  • Conspiracy to Commit Break and Enter and Theft, contrary to the CC

Constable Kevin Putinski, 32:

  • Breach of Trust, contrary to the CC
  • Secret Commissions, contrary to the CC
  • Fraud under $5,000, contrary to the CC

Constable Andrew Chronopoulos, 38:

  • Breach of Trust, contrary to the CC
  • Secret Commissions, contrary to the CC

The following Ottawa residents have also been charged:

Jason Ishraki, 33:

  • Secret Commissions, contrary to the CC
  • Fraud under $5000, contrary to the CC
  • Obtain access to confidential police databases, contrary to the CC

Veronika Ishraki, 56:

  • Secret Commissions, contrary to the CC

Marwan Sablani, 49:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Break and Enter and Theft, contrary to the CC

All accused were arrested and processed.  Assaad, Jason Ishraki and Sablani are being held for bail hearings. Putinski, Chronopoulos, and Veronika Ishraki were released on their own recognizance and will appear at the Ottawa court at a later date.

The RCMP still plans to search five Ottawa homes in relation to this investigation, as well as for a narrowly defined area of an Ottawa Police Service worksite.

"The conduct of police officers is paramount in maintaining the trust of the communities they serve, and this investigation highlights the cooperation that exists between the Ottawa Police Service and the RCMP and the desire for police professionalism and public accountability" stated Assistant Commissioner Jodie Boudreau, RCMP Commanding Officer, O Division.

"The criminal charges laid by the RCMP today are very serious and I want to thank the RCMP for their professional diligence and assistance in this investigation." said Sloly. "These allegations do not reflect the integrity of our individual members nor do they represent what we stand for as a police service."

The police chief added, "In a democracy, no one is above or below the law -- this includes myself and all members of the OPS. It is important that we respect the judicial process and ensure that anyone facing criminal charges has the full protection of the Charter of Rights and is afforded due process."

The investigation is ongoing. The RCMP says no further information will be disclosed at this time.




Mike Vlasveld

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