Calgary, AB,

City of Calgary employee charged in corruption investigation

Following a year-long investigation by the Calgary Police Service Sensitive Investigations Unit, an employee of The City of Calgary 9-1-1 has been charged for intentionally sharing protected information for organized crime purposes.

In December 2022, during the course of an unrelated investigation, police became aware that protected information had been released. An investigation into the source of the information began. On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, a woman was arrested, interviewed and released without charge pending further investigation.

Police sought search warrants for the woman’s devices and throughout the remainder of 2023, worked with the CPS Digital Forensics Team to gain access to the devices. More than 200 pictures of sensitive data were located on the devices. The investigation determined that the data was intentionally pulled from searches targeting individuals connected to organized crime activity and was then provided to other individuals involved in organized crime.

The accused is employed by Calgary 9-1-1 as a call taker for police. Investigators believe she used her position to access the information. No other employees of Calgary 9-1-1 are believed to have known or have been involved with this activity.  

“This level of breach of trust impacts all of us in public service, our officers, the public and the people we engage with every day whose private information is closely guarded. We take allegations such as this very seriously and are thankful to our partners at Calgary 9-1-1 for their swift response and co-operation throughout this investigation,” says Inspector Shawn Wallace, Calgary Police Service Professional Standards Section.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, Mariana BUONINCONTRI, 58, has been charged with:

·        breach of trust contrary to section 122 of the Criminal Code

·        fraudulently use or cause to be used directly or indirectly a computer system with intent to obtain, directly or indirectly a computer services contrary to section 342.1(1)(c) of the Criminal Code

·        willfully commit mischief in relation to computer data, contrary to section 430(5) of the Criminal Code

She was released from custody and will next appear in court on Thursday, March 7, 2024.