WINNIPEG — The company hired by the city to build the new Winnipeg Police headquarters is accused of manipulating documents in order to inflate payments, according to court documents.
Caspian Construction was hired to build the new police headquarters, which was later the subject of an audit.
In December of 2014 a search warrant was executed at it’s offices on 2245 McGillivray.
The court documents detailing the reasons behind the search were unsealed Monday morning. Global News has obtained a copy.
In it, Constable Marc Paul Allard states that two witnesses who currently work, or have worked at Caspian in the past providing formation in which, “They detail invoicing and accounting activities that were fraudulent in nature in regards to the construction of the WPH.”
It also goes onto to say, “Invoices are said to have been improperly associated to the WPS building when in fact the work was either done at other city properties, private properties, or was not done at all.”
One of the employees described a $25,000 cheque for the construction of a swimming pool at a home in Headingley that she believed was charged to the police headquarters project.
The search warrant contains allegations that have not yet been proven in court.
The RCMP says as of Feb. 29 charges have not been laid in this case.
The court documents also say cheques from Caspian were written out to former mayor Sam Katz.
Katz says those were reimbursements for hockey and concert tickets, “I buy the tickets, put them on my credit card and I get paid back it’s really quite simple,” said Katz.
The owner of Caspian Construction could not be reached for comment. Global News has also requested an interview with lawyers involved.