TORONTO, Ont. – The City of Toronto’s compliance audit committee has voted unanimously to commence legal proceedings against Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti after a forensic audit found he exceeded his campaign spending limit by about $12,000.
The three-person compliance audit committee, which met at city hall on Monday afternoon, voted to bring in a special prosecutor after agreeing with the findings that the Municipal Elections Act had been violated.
The prosecutor would decide whether to proceed with non-criminal charges.
Earlier on Monday, Mammoliti told CityNews he wanted more time to conduct his own financial audit.
A probe conducted by Froese Forensic Partners Ltd. found Mammoliti overspent by $12,065. Some of the campaign expenses were put on Mammoliti’s personal American Express card, the audit found.
During the 2010 election year, Mammoliti initially ran for mayor. He launched that campaign on Jan. 5, 2010, but withdrew from the race on July 9. On that same day, he ran for councillor of Ward 7-York West, a riding he has held since 2000.
The probe agreed with the Mammoliti team that there may have been “accounting issues in allocating expenses between the two campaigns.”
Mammoliti has said the probe, which was at the request of Toronto resident David DePoe, was part of a “conspiracy” targeting him and Mayor Rob Ford, as well as other right-wing members of city council.
He alleged wiretapping, secret meetings and people being followed by private investigators and said once he had evidence, he would go to police.
On Friday, a forensic audit of Ford’s 2010 campaign finances found he exceeded the limit by about $40,000.
The compliance audit committee will meet Feb. 25 to discuss those findings.