A Toronto family is in serious trouble for allegedly funnelling COVID-19 relief funds to their own bank accounts.
A story in The Toronto Star alleges that Sanjay Madan, Shalini Madan, their sons Chinmaya Madan and Ujjawal Madan, and their associate Vidhan Singh defrauded the Ontario government of close to $11 million.
Sanjay Madan was a director in the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch and the IT leader for the government’s online Support for Families program (SFFP) with “in-depth knowledge of the IT applications” according to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s court submission quoted by a media outlet.
This program has distributed $300 million to families over the course of the pandemic.
However, a significant portion of it was apparently diverted into over 400 Bank of Montreal accounts, which according to The Star, were “opened in the names of the Madan respondents.”
Associate Vidhan Singh was reportedly the recipient of over $40,000 in SFFP payments, equal to the benefits received for 200 children.
The investigation remains ongoing, allegations have not been proven in court and no charges have yet been laid.
The Star reports that Sanjay and Shalini Madan were suspended with pay in August 2020 and their assets have been frozen.