New Brunswick Opposition turns over Atcon computer servers to the RCMP

The Atcon group of companies left the province on the hook for millions of dollars. Global News

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Opposition Progressive Conservatives say they purchased back-up computer servers that belonged to the now-bankrupt Atcon Group of companies and have turned them over to the RCMP.

Opposition spokesman Bob Fowlie says the servers were bought at a bankruptcy auction in 2013, but the party only became aware of the information on one of the servers recently.

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Earlier this year, Auditor General Kim MacPherson said Atcon had received $77 million from the province and nearly $70 million of that was in default.

“I think a lot of New Brunswickers want to know what happened to that money, it’s as simple as that,” Marie-Paul Martin said Monday.

Martin has lodged a complaint with the police about the Acton Affair.

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MacPherson has not done a forensic audit of the Atcon funding, but says she would do one if asked and if her office is given the necessary resources.

In a document released Monday, the Tories say information on the server shows Atcon accepted government loans while knowing that a major bridge contract in the Northwest Territories was on hold.

“There is interesting information here that needs further scrutiny at this level, said PC leader Bruce Fitch.

The Tories say the server also shows there were large payments made on a corporate airplane in the days before the Miramichi-based company declared bankruptcy.

With files from Richard Dooley. 

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