The Unite permanente anticorruption (UPAC) is conducting a fifth series of searches in connection with the scandal of water meters in Montreal. Four private residences are targeted including the mayor of the borough of Lachine, Claude Dauphin, and that of the former head of water issues to the executive committee of Montreal, Sammy Forcillo, La Presse has learned.
UPAC merely confirms an operation is underway in Montreal and it concerns the same investigation file that other searches conducted since the beginning of July. Fifty police officers are hard at work to get hold of documents or computer files that can feed the investigation.
“No arrests are scheduled for today but witnesses will be met by the police,” said the spokesman UPAC, Anne-Frederick Laurence.
According to information obtained by La Presse, the strike this morning is one more element in the record of water meters. The contract for installation and maintenance for 25 years of water meters in industries, businesses and institutions, was granted in 2007 and canceled two years later in controversy.
At the time of granting the largest contract in the history of Montreal (355 million), Frank Zampino chaired the Executive Committee as the right arm of Mayor Gérald Tremblay. Sammy Forcillo was responsible for water issues.
Initially the policy of Mr. Zampino in 2008 – who left work at Dessau had won the contract – is Claude Dauphin who chaired the executive committee.
The issue of water meters was orchestrated by the engineering firm BPR. The contract was awarded to a consortium consisting of appointed Génieau Dessau and Simard-Beaudry Construction Company then owned by Tony Accurso.
At the heart of the contract award process, Mr. Accurso had received on his luxury boat, the Touch, Frank Zampino. This element made public by La Presse set fire to the powder.