Maggio Exonerated: City Drops Witch Hunt

Members of the Compliance Audit Committee heard the report of William Molson (r) regarding complaints made against the financial reporting of Gabe Maggio, after the 2014 Municipal Election.Photo by John Skinner.

Members of the Compliance Audit Committee heard the report of William Molson (r) regarding complaints made against the financial reporting of Gabe Maggio, after the 2014 Municipal Election.
Photo by John Skinner.

Column header Ian ShalapataBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The City of Windsor Compliance Audit Committee has decided not to pursue legal action against Ward 3 candidate Gabe Maggio. In a unanimous decision by the committee, the complaint made by political hanger-on Paul Synnott, who failed to attend the meeting, has been dropped and no further expenditure toward his grouses will occur.

Paul Synnott

Paul Synnott.

Licensed Public Accountant William Molson stated he spent 140 to 160 hours conducting the audit into Maggio’s financial reporting. Though there were apparent violations in the finances, Molson declared there was no intent to deceive and Maggio fully cooperated with the audit. After all was looked into, Maggio still came in well under the spending limit.

In their decision not to go to court, the committee also chose not to recover the costs of the audit from Synnott. It is estimated that the City will be on the hook for $10,000, or more.

Maggio is pleased with the decision, however he is concerned that only The Square was in attendance to hear the pre-written statements by the committee members.

“It appears as though our traditional media is only interested in the smear, and not the clear,” Maggio said. “Neither the Star, Blackburn, CTV, CBC, CKLW, or any other media were there to file a story. They only show up when allegations are first alleged.”

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.