Two Mississauga OPP officers charged with breach of trust for alleged tow truck favouritism

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Published November 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

Two OPP officers with the Mississauga detachment have been charged with breach of trust for allegedly giving preferential treatment to some tow truck operators in the GTA.

The OPP Professional Standards Unit (PSU) received an internal complaint in February 2019. It alleged that officers with the Highway Safety Division had been giving preferential treatment to tow truck companies across the GTA.

Months later, in October 2019, the Criminal Investigations Unit and the PSU launched a breach of trust investigation into the allegation.

Ultimately two OPP officers and two civilians were charged as a result.

Sgt. Terence Reefer, 59 and a 29-year OPP veteran, was charged with breach of trust. Cst Roberto Visconti was also charged with the breach and for obstructing a peace officer.

Additionally, Douglas Poulos, 49 of Vaughan, and Janan Dinkha, 44 of Mississauga, have been charged with aiding and abetting a breach of trust.

Both Reefer and Visconti have been suspended with pay since January 2021. They were both arrested on November 7 and were released with conditions. Both are set to appear in a Brampton courtroom on January 6.

The Mississauga OPP detachment enforces traffic laws on Hwy. 401, Hwy. 403, Hwy 410 and Queen Elizabeth Way in Peel Region and part of Halton Region.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation can call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

 

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