Two former employees of the Lester-B.-Pearson School Board (LBPSB) were arrested by investigators from the Unité permanente anticorruption on Friday, November 20th in connection with a fraud scheme.
Caroline Mastantuono and Christina Mastantuono will be accused of different counts, ranging from fraud, breach of trust, production and use of false documents. A third suspect, Naveen Kolan, is still wanted. The alleged facts took place between 2014 and 2016.
While she was director of the international department of the LBPSB, Caroline Mastantuono, together with a recruitment company controlled by the third suspect, devised a scheme of fraud, production and use of false documents which ultimately caused a risk of financial damage to the LBPSB in addition to deceiving the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration in the attribution of official government authorizations. Christina Mastantuono, as an employee of the international department of the LBPSB, participated in the scheme.
The two suspects were released on a promise to appear on January 20th , 2021 at the Montreal courthouse.
The office of Anti-Corruption Commissioner is a specialized police force whose mission is to ensure, on behalf of the state, the coordination of actions to prevent and fight against corruption in the public sector. To do this, the commissioner leads and coordinates the investigation and verification teams appointed by the government that form the Unité permanente anticorruption.