Thursday, December 7, 2017

TDSB and Hamilton school board officials face fraud and forgery charges

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Patrick Rocco
A former Hamilton school board administrator and a current vice-principal face fraud and forgery charges following a lengthy police investigation.

Patrick Rocco, 57, of Fonthill is charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000 that police say relate to credit card transactions that occurred during his time as human resources superintendent with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Rocco and Niagara Falls resident Patrick Elliott, 46, are jointly charged with two counts of making, using and transferring a forged document.

Hamilton police Det. Dave Place said it is alleged “falsified documents” were submitted to the U.S. Department of State “relating to citizenship for personal gain.” But Place said he could not reveal what kind of documents were forged, or for what reason.

Rocco voluntarily left the Hamilton school board in 2015 to take a top administration job with the Toronto District School Board.  (more...)

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