A veteran OPP officer embroiled in a justice corruption scandal helped a fraudster, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, establish a new identity with bogus identification, including a Lithuanian passport, according to court documents.
Last month, the con man, Peter Mavroudis, 50, quietly pleaded guilty to fraud charges as well as one count of obstructing justice and impersonation.
An agreed statement of facts says in 2007, Mavroudis was out on bail facing fraud charges relating to hockey tickets when he fled Ontario fearing his life was in danger over debts.
“Mavroudis confirmed that the person he knew as Michael Manchisi was also known as Michael Rutigliano, a court liaison officer with the Ontario Provincial Police,” the statement says.
The prosecution submitted into evidence several forged identification documents in the name Mindaugas Pareigis and bearing the likeness of Peter Mavroudis that were found on a USB thumb drive during a search of Michael Rutigliano’s office, the document says.