July 20, 2024
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Klara Kozak outside a Toronto court on Sept. 24, 2019. Kozak was part-owner and the public face of a travel firm owned by three police union officials.
Klara Kozak outside a Toronto court on Sept. 24, 2019. Kozak was part-owner and the public face of a travel firm owned by three police union officials.

TORONTO — Three former senior executives of the union representing Ontario Provincial Police officers, along with a Toronto lawyer and a business partner, bought a travel agency and used a consulting firm to hide their scheme to defraud the police union, court heard.

Three police union bosses — James Christie, the president and chief executive officer; Karl Walsh, the chief administrative officer; and Martin Bain, the vice-president and a board of director, at the time — along with Andrew McKay, a lawyer who often represented police officers, and businessman Francis Chantiam bought a travel agency together in 2014, Crown prosecutor David Friesen told the jury on the opening day of the fraud trial.

The union officials secretly used funds from the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) to help pay for their share of the travel firm and then used their senior positions in the police union to give their firm the OPPA’s travel business, Friesen told the jury.

And while the business was operating, “all five accused men worked together to hide or conceal the truth about what they were doing.”

There was one other part owner of the travel agency, court heard. Klara Kozak was brought into the agency to be the public face of the travel firm, the jury heard, and she was called to the stand as the prosecution’s first witness.

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