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Disgraced ex-bureaucrat guilty of stealing over $47 million from Ontario government

Disgraced former Ontario government employee Sanjay Madan has pled guilty to stealing $47.4 million from the provincial government and was sentenced to a decade behind bars in a Toronto court on Tuesday.

The former Ministry of Education employee stole funds that included almost $11 million in pandemic aid at a time when he was making over $176,000 per year. He was fired from that position in October of 2020 amid the scandalous accusations and was formally charged by the Ontario Provincial Police anti-rackets squad the following September.

Madan was convicted Tuesday of six counts of fraud, breach of trust, and money laundering as part of a scheme involving his work for pandemic aid fund Support for Families, which provided Ontario parents or guardians with money for educational expenses.

He was first charged with theft of the aid funding in 2021, but later admitted to an additional $36.6 million fraud scheme involving kickbacks on government-owned computers going all the way back to 2010, bringing his total haul to $47.4 million.

The Toronto Star reports that Justice Suhail Akhtar described the crime as "genius-style" when delivering his sentencing, where Madan learned he would be relinquishing 10 years of freedom as payment for his years of living large.

Madan was led away from the University Avenue courthouse in handcuffs to begin his ten-year sentence, but not before he delivered an emotional apology to the court and Ontario taxpayers, described by The Star during his sentencing as "appearing gaunt and sporting rumpled clothing."

Madan is accused of masterminding the scheme with associate Vidhan Singh, who is facing a laundry list of charges in a separate trial. Together, the two are accused of using dummy corporations to fraudulently subcontract IT jobs at Queen's Park.

The fraud reportedly spanned the tenure of three premiers of different political stripes, including the current administration at Queen's Park.

As for the province's skimmed coffers, reports state the Ontario government has successfully obtained an injunction to freeze the Madan family's assets in Canada as well as overseas in India. Totalling $28 million, those assets include six Toronto condos collectively worth $3 million.

With Panamanian documents, ownership of a company in the known tax haven (lacking any extradition treaty with Canada), and several overseas assets, Madan was considered a flight risk, but the only trip he will be making today is to prison.

Lead photo by

Jeremy Gilbert

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