Lucky Lottery Winning Corrupt Peel Cop Dismissed From the Force
It looks like fortune does favour the bold after all.
Mississauga police officer Carlton Watson, who was on the news for winning the Daily Keno draw back in 2012, has been dismissed from the force due to his connection with a large number of insurance scams.
Watson was convicted of more than 40 charges of fraud, obstructing justice, uttering forged documents and breach of trust, in connection with nine insurance claims dating back to 2010, according to the Mississauga News.
One such incident involved Watson being paid to provide accident reports that passed off staged car crashes as legitimate — part of an overall scheme that scammed insurance companies out of more than $1 million.
The 51-year-old veteran officer, who has worked for Peel Regional Police for 23 years, is out on bail pending the appeal of his criminal convictions and the five-year jail sentence handed down to him in Brampton court last year.
Among his troubles with the law, was also held in contempt of court for not attending a court hearing in 2013, and served seven days in jail.
"He turned his back on the law," said Supt. Manny Rodrigues, who found Watson guilty of misconduct under the Police Services Act. "The public interest is not served when a police officer, a regular participant in the judicial process, ignores the procedures and processes that he requires of others during the course of his/her employment."
Nearly five years after his initial arrest, Watson had been on paid suspension and was paid $500,000 in salary since he was charged. After the jail sentence last summer, police said his suspension would no longer include pay and that they would be pursuing his dismissal from the force.
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