Allegations in the case of luxury house game bankruptcy are reduced, and the defense accuses the police of planting evidence and stealing watches
A few months after the police uncovered a large-scale bankruptcy case in a large mansion north of Toronto in connection with an illegal casino, a central figure in the case was withdrawn-his lawyer now accuses the police of providing evidence and stealing value A hundred thousand dollar watch from his bedroom.
Now, the 52-year-old Wei Wei’s lawyer Daniel (Danielle Robitaillem) has filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Officer (OIPRD) to investigate the “Endgame Project” of the York Region Police.
According to the police, the royal family withdrew all charges against Wei earlier this month and he has signed a two-year common law peace pledge-an order designed to maintain peace and maintain good behavior under certain conditions.
Robitaille said in the letter that an internal York Regional Police investigation is ongoing, but the same police officer who allegedly acted improperly was unable to properly check what happened here.
Robitaille wrote in a letter: “We are no longer confident in the objectivity of YRP’s internal investigations on this matter.” First obtained by the Toronto Star.
“On this basis, we file a formal complaint with your office to investigate this serious misconduct and abuse of power by the York area police.”
York Police First announced the details of their investigation Back in September, at a press conference in Markham, Ontario, right in front of the 20,000 square foot gate. property.
The police said that it was a venue for large-scale underground gambling activities. There were slot machines, mahjong tables, a bar full of cash, which contained thousands of bottles of top shelf wine and a bank area.
Upstairs are a series of bedrooms that look like bed and breakfast. Investigators also said that they found a fully loaded AR-15 rifle with 30 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm pistol.
But now, the defense claims that it has found evidence of theft and tampering when searching photos and videos by the police.
The luxury watch is gone
According to this letter, on July 23, a York area police officer searched a bedroom in the mansion where Wei was located. The police officer took many photos and videos in the room. Among them, two watches can be seen: Patek Philippe purchased in Paris, which is said to be worth about 300,000 US dollars, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, which was purchased in New York, worth about 150,000 US dollars.
The letter stated that the police continued to take export videos and photos after completing their search of the room on July 24-but no watch appeared in the watch.
The letter stated that officials packed several items in bags, such as Wei’s cell phone and passport, and carefully marked, numbered and photographed them. Robitalle claims that these watches are not among them.
The letter read: “Right now, YRP cannot find them.”
“After discovering that these watches were missing from the disclosure and log records of the watches, we requested that Mr. Wei’s watches be returned to him. YRP advised them to conduct an extensive search of their evidence lockers. There were no watches, and they were unable to explain that they were in Disappeared during the search.”
The letter also stated that the police claimed that they found a holster in Wei’s bedroom during the second search on July 24.
She wrote that nearly 17 hours after the police began to search the holster, the holster suddenly appeared in the bedroom for the first time.
The letter also pointed out that the police violated Lawyer-Client privileges of Lawyer Wei by obtaining photos of the retention agreement reached with Lawyer Wei with his lawyer.
York police conduct internal investigation
Robitaille said in the letter that these concerns were taken to the Newmarket Attorney General’s office, which forwarded the matter to York District Police Chief Jim MacSween.
She wrote: “Chief Maxwin could have transferred the investigation to another policeman to ensure objectivity. He did not do so.”
“Our understanding is that the above issues are being investigated by the York Regional Police Professional Standards Bureau.
“We are worried that YRP cannot objectively evaluate their behavior on this matter because they have problems with the publicity of the investigation in the early stages of this matter and are conducting media publicity targeting our customers.”
In an email response sent on Monday, media officer Const. Laura Nicolle said that York police are conducting a “thorough investigation” of the complaint.
Nicole said the Force’s Professional Standards Bureau was unable to complete the investigation before sending the letter.
She also said that Wei and Robitajer’s “failure to cooperate with investigators” also delayed the investigation. These individuals were from the same police force and were accused of misconduct in connection with the initial investigation.
Nicolle also pointed out that under Wei’s peace guarantee, he must behave well, not get any “ordinary game houses”, and unless he has permission from the province, he will not get any places in Ontario with gaming equipment.
She added that Ms. Wei agreed to give up his rights in the fifth mansion of Decourcy Court in Markham (Currently on sale) And $960,000 in confiscated cash and gaming equipment.
She said: “In general, we are satisfied with this result.”
When contacted by CBC News, OIPRD declined to comment on the case.
The office said in a statement: “The director believes that commenting on the media’s allegations of police misconduct will undermine his ability to investigate these allegations in a fair manner.”
This is the second time this year that the York police case has come to an end and has been plagued by allegations of misconduct.
Earlier this year, The largest police investigation of organized crime in Ontario’s history failed The police are suspected of illegally intercepting calls as part of a multi-million dollar investigation into suspected mob activities in the Greater Toronto Area.