In the light and with the knowledge of an entire industry, a system of corruption and collusion would allow contractors to officials, to the mafia as well as the political party of the Mayor Gérald Tremblay to enrich even the huge contracts machine that is the city of Montreal. All this under the arbitration of the godfather of the Sicilian mafia, Vito Rizzuto, said Monday Lino Zambito to commission Charbonneau.
In a shocking string of revelations, the ex-entrepreneur continued his testimony, causing a shock wave like last week at Montreal City Hall. But, this time, Gérald Tremblay did not said. Although his party has been questioned, he refused to comment while his opponents in chorus demanding his resignation.
In the morning, Mr. Zambito said under oath that the political party of Gérald Tremblay, Union Montreal, would have benefited from the existence of the 2.5% tax paid by contractors to the mafia to impose his own. Union Montreal would thus pocketed sums equivalent to 3% of the value of all contracts awarded by the city.
“From 2005 to 2006, there is an amount of 3% of the contracts I recovering to Mr. [Nicolò]. Maung. “That amount went to the political party of the Mayor Tremblay,” recounted Lino Zambito.
He gave the assurance that all entrepreneurs who want to do business in Montreal were subject to this rule. He said, however, ignore, in Union Montreal cashed the bundles of cash.
This practice began in 2005, either in full election year in Montreal. At that time, as now, the official agent was the accountant Marc Deschamps, nicknamed Mr. clean. It is he who shall ensure that the expenditure of Union Montreal are made in compliance with laws and regulations.
Revenues of the party, they were under the responsibility of Bernard Trépanier, known as M. 3%. It is a former Mayor of the Borough of Ville-Marie Benoit Labonté, which was designated as such Mr. Trépanier. He was arrested in May last for his role as intermediary in the Faubourg Contrecoeur conducted by the firm of Catania real estate scandal. It would have pocketed money intended for a party policy, has were then bounded to indicate police squad hammer.
According to the testimony of Lino Zambito, money for Union Montréal to allow the re-election of the Tremblay-Zampino tandem transited by Nicolo Milioto entrepreneur, building Mirabeau. However, Mr. Milioto was seen 236 at the headquarters of the Montreal mafia, the social club Cosenza, between 2002 and 2006. An investigator of the commission Charbonneau presented last week many videos shot without the knowledge of the mafia the Colosseum, showing Mr. Milioto giving piles and piles of money to Rocco Sollecito, a lieutenant of the Rizzuto clan survey. Mr Sollecito was allegedly the head of the sector of the construction within the Montreal mafia. It was he who was the sharing of money.
The rebate of 3% was added to the ‘pizzo’ claimed by the mafia, acknowledged Mr. Zambito before the commission Charbonneau. All that money (5.5%) allowed entrepreneurs access to government procurement of Montreal. But this does not stop there, told the fallen entrepreneur (Infrabec went bankrupt in 2011) today recycled restorer. He acknowledged having corrupted officials. But the idea of doing so was not him since the system was already well established, he said.
“Today, in hindsight, when analyzed, to all levels of employees in the city [...], there were corrupt people,” said Mr. Zambito.
GST for ‘Tax for surprising’
Thus, Mr. Zambito paid 1% of the value of the contracts it won in its specialty (sewer) the city engineer which established the plans and specifications for projects, Gilles Surprenant. Mr. Surprenant was decked out in a nickname describing his role well in this system of corruption, either GST for ‘tax for surprising ‘. In total, Mr. Zambito would have given between $100,000 and $200,000 to Mr. Surprenant.
It is also Mr. Surprenant, who was the assessment of necessary public investments for the realization of infrastructure. In this regard, he “dealt to increase budgets” over the years to ensure the profitability of the projects for entrepreneurs, said Lino Zambito.
Gilles Surprenant was upstream projects and his colleague, engineer Luc Leclerc, he also retired, was in charge of construction sites. Mr. Leclerc was therefore responsible for contingencies related to the execution of a construction site and extras. Of false extras prepared by Mr. Leclerc were claimed in the city. Suddenly, Mr. Leclerc and Zambito shared the loot: 25% of the amount for Mr. Leclerc then that the contractor retained 75%. This approach would have made sure Mr. Zambito gave over time more than $200,000 to Luc Leclerc.
The latter has its residence in Brossard, near the home of Paolo Catania, ruling head of Construction f. Catania. Counsel for the commission Charbonneau, Denis Gallant, asked Lino Zambito if he knew that a part of the residence of the engineer would have been paid by Mr Catania.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zambito paid a golf trip to the Mexico Mr. Surprenant and Leclerc in a resort where his father, Giuseppe, was shareholder. Photos were filed in evidence Monday before the commission. Mr. Zambito stated have been strongly sought by two men for this stay in the Sun.
In addition to the two engineers, the stratagem of corruption involved other officials, including François Thériault, who claimed 15% false Extras, supervisor construction Michel Paquette, who created all parts, as well as Yves Themens extras, that to Mr. Zambito transmitting the confidential list of entrepreneurs come to buy documents of bidding against a few rounds of golf.
The system flourished until 2009. “When the Government has established foot squad hammer, c’ pushed many officials to retire”, commented Mr. Zambito.
Vito the Ombudsman
Lino Zambito also recounted that the mafia could sometimes play a role of mediator to resolve disputes. This was the case, according to him, in the project of construction of the l’Acadie roundabout. This was under the direction of the Ministry of transport. Infrabec wanted to bid as Louisbourg Construction, a company of Tony Accurso.
Mr. Zambito told being ‘summoned’ in a living room, private restaurant Mr. Accurso, Onyx, to the situation. However, Vito Rizzuto, Godfather of the Sicilian mafia, whose release from prison is expected in the next few days, was also present. Mr. Zambito stated not to have undergone any pressure in his “very cordial discussion” with Mr. Rizzuto. However, he dropped Jack.
In the evening, Monday, Tony Accurso, denied the assertions of Lino Zambito.
The Commission of inquiry on the granting and management of public contracts in the construction industry commonly called commission Charbonneau, of the name of the judge France Charbonneau, who chairs it, continues Tuesday. Lino Zambito will still be at the witness stand.
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