Former, current Hamilton public school board officials face fraud, forgery charges

News Dec 06, 2017 by Laura Lennie Ancaster News

One man faces fraud charges and another forgery-related charges after a lengthy Hamilton police investigation involving the public school board.

Fifty-seven-year-old Fonthill resident Patrick Rocco has been charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000 following a probe into credit card transactions that occurred during his time as a superintendent with the Hamilton public school board.

Rocco and 46-year-old Niagara Falls resident Patrick Elliott also have been charged with two counts of making, using and transferring a forged document. Elliott is a vice-principal with the Hamilton public school board.

Police said it is alleged “falsified documents” were submitted to the U.S. Department of State relating to “citizenship for personal gain.”

Det. Dave Place said he couldn’t divulge what type of documents were forged or for what purpose because “this case is presently before the courts.”

“I’m sure it will come to light before too long but I can’t provide it,” he said in an email.

Chairman Todd White said the Hamilton public school board informed police about “potential inconsistencies” found during a review of past credit card transactions, employee expenses and other accounting matters in May 2016.

The review wasn’t sparked by a particular incident, but rather a dedicated effort by the newly-elected board in 2014 to “tighten up” polices around procurement and fraud prevention, he said.

“As we conducted a number of our new internal audit processes, procurement protocols, employee expense protocols, we found irregularities in some of those areas,” White said. “We started investigating ourselves and then once we knew that there was something that was potentially of interest to the police, we reported it immediately.”

Rocco gave up his position as a superintendent with the board in 2015 and became superintendent of employee services at the Toronto District School Board. He also had served as principal at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek.

White said Elliott is still employed by the board, but has been told to stay home, pending an internal human resources investigation.

In this case, there are some matters that are clearly related to the board, he said.

“There’s other matters that may fall outside their employment with us, so that’s where we’re going to conduct our investigation, based on our expectations of our employees of the board,” White said. “I don’t expect that it would take a long period of time. I would say in the coming days or weeks, we would have more information to share.”

Rocco and Elliott will appear in court in January.

 

Former, current Hamilton public school board officials face fraud, forgery charges

News Dec 06, 2017 by Laura Lennie Ancaster News

One man faces fraud charges and another forgery-related charges after a lengthy Hamilton police investigation involving the public school board.

Fifty-seven-year-old Fonthill resident Patrick Rocco has been charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000 following a probe into credit card transactions that occurred during his time as a superintendent with the Hamilton public school board.

Rocco and 46-year-old Niagara Falls resident Patrick Elliott also have been charged with two counts of making, using and transferring a forged document. Elliott is a vice-principal with the Hamilton public school board.

Police said it is alleged “falsified documents” were submitted to the U.S. Department of State relating to “citizenship for personal gain.”

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Det. Dave Place said he couldn’t divulge what type of documents were forged or for what purpose because “this case is presently before the courts.”

“I’m sure it will come to light before too long but I can’t provide it,” he said in an email.

Chairman Todd White said the Hamilton public school board informed police about “potential inconsistencies” found during a review of past credit card transactions, employee expenses and other accounting matters in May 2016.

The review wasn’t sparked by a particular incident, but rather a dedicated effort by the newly-elected board in 2014 to “tighten up” polices around procurement and fraud prevention, he said.

“As we conducted a number of our new internal audit processes, procurement protocols, employee expense protocols, we found irregularities in some of those areas,” White said. “We started investigating ourselves and then once we knew that there was something that was potentially of interest to the police, we reported it immediately.”

Rocco gave up his position as a superintendent with the board in 2015 and became superintendent of employee services at the Toronto District School Board. He also had served as principal at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek.

White said Elliott is still employed by the board, but has been told to stay home, pending an internal human resources investigation.

In this case, there are some matters that are clearly related to the board, he said.

“There’s other matters that may fall outside their employment with us, so that’s where we’re going to conduct our investigation, based on our expectations of our employees of the board,” White said. “I don’t expect that it would take a long period of time. I would say in the coming days or weeks, we would have more information to share.”

Rocco and Elliott will appear in court in January.

 

Former, current Hamilton public school board officials face fraud, forgery charges

News Dec 06, 2017 by Laura Lennie Ancaster News

One man faces fraud charges and another forgery-related charges after a lengthy Hamilton police investigation involving the public school board.

Fifty-seven-year-old Fonthill resident Patrick Rocco has been charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000 following a probe into credit card transactions that occurred during his time as a superintendent with the Hamilton public school board.

Rocco and 46-year-old Niagara Falls resident Patrick Elliott also have been charged with two counts of making, using and transferring a forged document. Elliott is a vice-principal with the Hamilton public school board.

Police said it is alleged “falsified documents” were submitted to the U.S. Department of State relating to “citizenship for personal gain.”

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Det. Dave Place said he couldn’t divulge what type of documents were forged or for what purpose because “this case is presently before the courts.”

“I’m sure it will come to light before too long but I can’t provide it,” he said in an email.

Chairman Todd White said the Hamilton public school board informed police about “potential inconsistencies” found during a review of past credit card transactions, employee expenses and other accounting matters in May 2016.

The review wasn’t sparked by a particular incident, but rather a dedicated effort by the newly-elected board in 2014 to “tighten up” polices around procurement and fraud prevention, he said.

“As we conducted a number of our new internal audit processes, procurement protocols, employee expense protocols, we found irregularities in some of those areas,” White said. “We started investigating ourselves and then once we knew that there was something that was potentially of interest to the police, we reported it immediately.”

Rocco gave up his position as a superintendent with the board in 2015 and became superintendent of employee services at the Toronto District School Board. He also had served as principal at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek.

White said Elliott is still employed by the board, but has been told to stay home, pending an internal human resources investigation.

In this case, there are some matters that are clearly related to the board, he said.

“There’s other matters that may fall outside their employment with us, so that’s where we’re going to conduct our investigation, based on our expectations of our employees of the board,” White said. “I don’t expect that it would take a long period of time. I would say in the coming days or weeks, we would have more information to share.”

Rocco and Elliott will appear in court in January.