Tuesday, January 31, 2006

In the news today...

Well, well, well. Corruption in Ottawa...
OTTAWA (CP) — The Mounties have charged a former Defence Department bureaucrat and two other men in a $100-million fraud involving computer maintenance contracts.
Paul Champagne, who was fired after billing problems came to light more than two years ago, is charged with fraud, obtaining more than $105 million from the government under false pretences, money laundering and other counts.
Peter Mellon and Ignatius Manso were charged with fraud, false pretences, possessing and transmitting the proceeds of crime and making false statements.
The police revealed few details, saying the matter remains under investigation.
The RCMP was called in by the Defence Department in 2003 to investigate irregularities in computer maintenance contracts with Hewlett Packard. Internal audits had found what appeared to be a scheme involving phoney invoices.
HP Canada — formerly Hewlett-Packard — eventually repaid the federal government about $146 million, saying there was no evidence its own employees were involved in the scheme.
The RCMP said their investigation focused on Champagne and several third-party vendors and called it unfortunate that the reputation of legitimate companies might have been affected by the criminal actions of others.

Where did that money go, eh?
And what is it about former postal workers?
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A female ex-postal worker opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing six people and critically wounding another before committing suicide, authorities said early Tuesday.