Apr 05, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Unifor has turned money over to Toronto police that former president Jerry Dias allegedly accepted as part of a kickback scheme.

Toronto police spokesperson Laura Brabant confirmed the force’s financial crimes unit in investigating.

Last month, Unifor alleged Dias accepted $50,000 from a supplier of COVID rapid test kits he promoted to union member employers and charged him with violating its code of ethics and democratic practices.

Unifor has refused to name the supplier and Dias committed to enter a rehabilitation facility in the wake of the incident.

Union spokesperson Kathleen O’Keefe would not say what has been done with the portion of the money Dias allegedly received.

The union has said Dias is being charged with violating the code of ethics and democratic practices of the union’s constitution. A hearing will be held before the national executive board as soon as this month.

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