A former bureaucrat accused of embezzlement of $11 million in COVID-19 relief funds by the Ontario government is now facing criminal charges.
His lawyer says Sanjay Madan is facing two counts of fraud and two counts of breach of trust of more than $5,000.
Stephen Hebscher says Madan and his wife, Shalini Madan, have also been charged with possession of proceeds of crime of more than $5,000 and proceeds of crime of more than $5,000.
The province has sued Sanjay Madan, his wife and two adult children, alleging they illegally issued and issued bank checks under a family support program aimed at costing children’s learning at home. Had to offset.
It has also accused Madan of receiving millions more bribes in an alleged fraud of over $30 million.
He is to appear in court to face criminal charges on Wednesday.
Madan, who had a senior IT role and helped develop a computer application related to COVID-19 relief benefits, was fired in November. His wife and two sons all worked in information technology for the province.
In a defense statement filed in the Superior Court, Madan blamed the province for allegedly lax security measures, which allowed “widespread misuse” of the COVID-19 relief funds.