Taxpayers bilked in kickback scheme involving cabinet ministers

Bruno Perciasepe was a corrupt cleaner turned police agent who helped to convict three rogue...

Bruno Perciasepe was a corrupt cleaner turned police agent who helped to convict three rogue provincial government officials who orchestrated an elaborate kickback scheme. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 AM ET

Taxpayers were bilked in a cleaning kickback scheme that ended in the conviction of three rogue government officials, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Scandalous allegations of ‘free’ cleaning at the homes of Liberal cabinet ministers and government employees also emerged in the OPP corruption probe.

The shocking claims were contained in court transcripts from a preliminary hearing for one government official involved in the kickback scam.

Kickbacks were received in the form of illegal payments made to the trio, and a private property manager, by cleaner Bruno Perciasepe, who over-billed the province for cleaning contracts.

Perciasepe was not charged in the kickback scheme. Instead, he became a police agent for the OPP to help convict provincial government workers Michael DePace, Gino Conicella and Katherina Pagliaroli.

Each of the three government officials pleaded guilty to breach of trust, and accepting a secret commission.


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