The Quebec provincial police raided Montreal’s police headquarters on Thursday evening in connection with fraud and breach of trust allegations against a high ranking officer.
According to CBC, the Sûreté du Québec is investigating Montreal Chief Philippe Pichet’s chief of staff, Imad Sawaya, for fraud involving overtime hours and bonuses.
Message du @Dir_Pichet : Le #SPVM suspend un de ses cadres. pic.twitter.com/3MhRSrIg6A
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) October 27, 2017
Sûreté du Québec ‘s mixed squad, which specializes in internal affairs investigations, are involved with the current investigation.
The SQ also conducted searches at the Montreal police archives, a local police station and a municipal building.
According to Pichet, Sawaya has not been arrested and Montreal police will cooperate with SQ for the duration of the investigation.