Tax staffers suspended after mobster got $381K cheque

Nick Rizzuto Sr., dons his hat as he walks out of the church following his grandson Nick Rizzuto's...

Nick Rizzuto Sr., dons his hat as he walks out of the church following his grandson Nick Rizzuto's funeral in Montreal, January 2, 2010. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Camille Laurin-Desjardins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

MONTREAL -- The Canada Revenue Agency has suspended two employees from its office in suburban Montreal after now-dead Mob boss Nick Rizzuto received a $381,000 reimbursement cheque while in jail.

The family patriarch, who was assassinated in 2010, got the refund despite owing $1.5 million to the federal government.

National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay made the announcement in a press release Thursday.

"Our government is committed to cracking down on any misconduct by officials and cleaning up the situation at CRA," she said.

The tax department began an internal investigation in September, after it learned about the cheque issued to Rizzuto in 2007.

Findlay said eight employees have since been fired and six were subsequently charged, following an RCMP investigation.

The RCMP said there wasn't enough evidence to charge the two people who were most recently suspended.


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