FORM 1 INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT

FORM 1
INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT
(Pursuant to Section 487 of the Criminal Code)
British Columbia
Vancouver
This is the Information of:
Corporal Andrew Thomas Cowan
A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Peace Officer, of the City of Victoria,
in the said Province of British Columbia, hereinafter called the “informant”, taken before
me, the undersigned Judge in and for the Province of British Columbia.
The informant says that indictable offences have been committed, namely,
THAT, on or between April 01,2002 and December 31,2003, at or near Victoria, British
Columbia, Udhe Singh BASI, being an official, specifically a Ministerial Assistant for the
Minister of Finance, Provincial Government of British Columbia, did accept from Brian
KIERAN, for himself a benefit, to wit: receiving of monies in connection with a matter of
business relating to the government, contrary to Section 121(l)(a) of the Criminal Code
of Canada.
THAT, on or between April 01, 2002 and December 31, 2003, at or near Victoria, British
Columbia, Udhe Singh BASI, being an official, specifically a Ministerial Assistant for the
Minister of Finance, Provincial Government of British Columbia did commit a Breach of
Trust in connection with the duties of his office contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal
Code of Canada. ;
THAT, on or between April 01, 2002 and December 31, 2003, at or near Victoria, British
Columbia, Bobby Singh VIRK, being an official, specifically a Ministerial Assistant for
the Minister of Finance, Provincial Government of British Columbia, did accept from
Brian KIERAN, for himself a benefit, to wit: receiving of monies in connection with a
matter of business relating to the government, contrary to Section 121(I)(a) of the
Criminal Code of Canada.
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THAT, on or between April 01 , 2002 and December 31, 2003, at or near Victoria, British
Columbia, Bobby Singh VIRK, being an official, specifically a Ministerial Assistant for
the Minister of Finance, Provincial Government of British Columbia did commit a Breach
of Trust in connection with the duties of his office contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal
Code of Canada.
The informant says that recovery of the following things, at the specified locations,
namely:
LOCATION A:
and Investigations,ount holder information and account statements
, in addition to all personal accounts held by RBC
in the names of Bobby Singh VlRK and/or Armijit VIRK, for October 2002, November
2002, December 2002 and January 2003.
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GROUNDS FOR BELIEF:
1.
That I, Corporal A.T. COWAN, am a Peace Officer and Regular Member of the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, hereinafter referred to as the RCMP. My
current duties are with the Commercial Crime Section, Victoria, BC. I have
personal knowledge of the matters hereinafter save and except where on
information received, in which case I believe this information to be true.
II:
SYNOPSIS:
2.
That based on the information detailed in this Information to Obtain, I believe the
following is an accurate synopsis of this complex investigation with emphasis on
a discrete aspect of the investigation which relates to a belief that David BAS1
and Bob VlRK received funds indirectly from a bidder in the BC Rail bid process
in order to pay for a trip to Denver, Colorado, USA.
3.
That on or about October 07, 2003, I became actively involved in RCMP Island
District Drug Section investigation identified as Project ”Everywhichway”
hereinafter referred to as the Project. My Project duties were the monitoring of
telephone intercepts relating to named target Udhe Singh BASI.
4.
That a named target in the Project, Udhe Singh BAS1 (B:1966-08-07) is also
known as, and referred to in the investigation as David BAS1 or Dave BAS1
(hereinafter referred to as “BASI”) by targets, friends, family and associates.
BAS1 was, at the investigations onset, a Ministerial Assistant, Ministry of Finance,
Provincial Government of BC.
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5.
That BAS1 was an identified person named in a Part VI Authorization (P. 67/2003
and P.73/2003, Vancouver Registry) for the period of October 13, 2003 to
December 11, 2003. These Authorizations included BASI’s residence, BC
Government office, and BC Government cellular telephones, as well as BASl’s
home computer internet account. BASl’s business telephone number could not
be intercepted due to technical problems. These Authorizations included several
other identified targets and relate to investigations in the following alleged
criminal offences: drugs, proceeds of crime, conspiracy and breach of trust.
6.
That the criminal investigation of BAS1 initially concerned proceeds of crime and
corruption.
7.
That based on the investigation, BASI’s brother-in-law became a person of
interest. BASI’s brother-in-law, identified as Bobby Singh VIRK (hereinafter
referred to as “VIRK”), is a Ministerial Assistant to Minister Judith REID, Minister
of Transportation, Government of BC.
9.
It has been determined that on or about November 2002 BAS1 and VIRK, in the
company of their respective spouses, traveled to Denver Colorado, USA. The
purpose of this trip was to meet with officials of OmniTRAX and attend a football
game. The trip costs were $1569.32 for David and lnderjit BASI, and $1481.58
for Bob and Armijit VIRK.
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11.
It is also believed that BAS1 advised Minister COLLINS that the trip was paid for
by personal funds and was not related to Government business.
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12.
That the information relating to this aspect of the investigation is derived from
interviews, document reviews, and previous search warrant applications
13.
That this is an ongoing and complex investigation with facts continually being
gathered and analyzed.
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OFFENCES:
14.
That, I believe that criminal offences pursuant to Sections 121(l)(a), 121(l)(e)
and 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada have occurred.
15.
That pursuant to Sections 118, 121 and 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada, I
believe that:
a.
BAS1 is an official as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada; and
b.
VlRK is an official as defined by Section 118 of the Criminal Code of
Canada.
IV:
AUTHORIZATION TO INTERCEPT COMMUNICATIONS:
16.
That unless otherwise stated, all Authorizations referred to were granted at the
Vancouver Registry by Associate Chief Justice DOHM:
a.
Authorization P. 32 was granted and valid for the period from and
including June 17, 2003, up to and including August 15, 2003. BAS1 was
not a named target in this investigation.
b.
Authorization P. 53/2003, Vancouver Registry, was granted by Justice
PITFIELD and was valid for the period from and including August 15'h,
2003, , up to and including October 12'h, 2003. Authorization P. 5312003
resulted in BAS1 being named as a main target and subject of an
Authorization identified as P. 67/2003, Vancouver Registry, hereinafter
referred to as P. 67.
c.
Authorization P. 67 was granted and valid for the period from and
including October 13, 2003 up to and including December 11, 2003.
Authorization P. 67 was amended and replaced by Authorization P.
73/2003, Vancouver Registry, hereinafter referred to as P. 73.
d.
Authorization P. 73 was valid for the period from November 7, 2003 up to
and including December 11, 2003 and allowed interception of BASI's
communications at :
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Residence of BASI,-
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of Finance
telephone of BASI, subscribed to by Ministry
Business telephone of BASI, subscribed to by
Ministry of Finance
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SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
17.
That Sgt DeBruyckere is a regular member of the RCMP assigned to E Division
(Vancouver) Commercial Crime Section. I believe information obtained and
provided by Sgt. DeBruyckere to be true and correct.
18.
That Heather Hammer is an employee of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) VISA
Corporate Security. I believe information obtained and provided by Heather
Hammer to be true and correct.
19.
That Marc Leduc is an employee of Cheap Tickets and Travel. Mr. Leduc
arranged for the air travel of interest in the investigation for both the BAS1 and
VlRK couples. I believe information supplied and provided by Mr. Leduc to be true
and correct.
20.
That Brian KIERAN is a partner with Pilothouse Public Affairs Group. I believe
information supplied and provided by Mr. KIERAN to be true and correct.
21.
That Gary RENNICK is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of OmniTRAX
Incorporated. I believe information supplied and provided by Mr. RENNICK to be
true and correct.
22.
That Erik BORMAN is a partner with Pilothouse Public Affairs group and a friend of
BAS1 and VIRK. I believe information supplied by Mr. BORNMAN to be true and
correct.
VI:
BREACH OF TRUST OFFENCES
23.
During the investigation, information indicated that between November I O , 2002
and November 12, 2002, BASI, VlRK and their spouses, lnderjit BAS1 and Armijit
VIRK, traveled to Denver, Colorado, USA.
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While in Denver, BAS1 and VlRK attended a Monday night football game
between the Denver Bronco’s and the Oakland Raiders. OmniTRAX supplied
the football tickets and Gary RENNICK accompanied both BAS1 and VlRK to the
game.
It is believed that BAS1 approached his Minister, Finance Minister Gary
COLLINS,and advised him of the trip but stated that it had been for personal
business and paid for as such.
27.
28.
During the investigation, Commercial Crime investigators received the following
specific information regarding the trip to Denver taken by BAS1 and VIRK.
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32.
On September 23, 2004, Sgt. Debruyckere located several documents which
showed BAS1 and his wife’s flight arrangements and methods of payment. Sgt.
Debruyckere provided these documents to Cpl. Cowan for review. These
documents included the travel itinerary for BASI. This document indicated that
BAS1 purchased his travel tickets from a travel company called “Cheap Tickets”
and that he paid for the tickets using a TD VISA starting with-and
ending
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This document is attached as appendix 7 and it was seized from
Basi’s residence on December 28, 2003 pursuant to a search warrant. No
charge relating to tickets for VlRK and his wife’s travel tickets could be located on
the BAS1 VISA account statements.
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On December 28, 2003 BASl’s visa statement dated November 17, 2002 was
seized from his residence pursuant to a search warrant. This document
indicated that on October 26, 2002 Pacific Sunspot Tours (Vancouver) billed
$1569.32 to TD VISA-hed
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in name of David U BAS1 and
lnderjit K BAS1 (Document 04040057 attached as appendix 4).
On September 23, 2004, Sgt. Debruyckere located several documents which
showed monies deposited to the account of BAS1 identified as TD Ban(document number 03980216 attached as appendix 5). The document
indicates that a deposit on December 09, 2003 in the amount of $2300 and a
VISA payment of $5770.27. The deposit was determined to be a cheque from an
unrelated party and both entries were not relevant to the matter at hand. The
document also shows a cash deposit dated December 13, 2003 in amount of
$1 100 (document 04760450 attached as appendix 5). These various banking
documents were seized by IPOC investigators pursuant to a search warrant
dated June 8, 2004.
36.
Cpl. Cowan was tasked with determining the method of payment relating to the
plane tickets purchased by VIRK. Given that BAS1 had purchased his tickets
from “Cheap Tickets”, it was likely that VlRK had purchased his tickets from the
same travel agency.
37.
On September 23, 2004, Cpl. Cowan spoke with Marc LEDUC of Cheap Tickets
and Travel. Mr. LEDUC confirmed that VlRK purchased his tickets to Denver
Colorado on a VISA card.
38.
Cpl Cowan requested relevant documents from Mr. LEDUC and provided Mr.
LEDUC a written request covering the aspects of the Personal Information
Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Section 7(3)c.l ii).
39.
Mr. LEDUC provided Cpl. Cowan with the travel itinerary of both the BAS1 and
VlRK flights. The BAS1 travel itinerary was a copy of the travel itinerary seized
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by the RCMP on December 28, 2003 from the BAS1 residence pursuant to a
search warrant. The travel itinerary a ain confirmed that the BAS1 tickets were
paid for by a TD VISA starting with h a n d ending with
(Intinerary and
documents00840276and00840277attachedasappendix7)
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40.
On the VlRK travel itinerary, Cpl Cowan noted that the VI
by a VISA number beginning in
and ending with
appendix 6)
41.
Mr. LEDUC also provided Cpl Cowan was with the full Credit Card numbers that
were used to pay for both of the flights.
a.
VISA-(BAS1
flights) billed in amount of $1569.32
b.
VISA-(VIRK
flights) billed in amount of $1481.58
42.
Based on information available to Cpl Cowan, it was determined that the starting
four numbers on the card used to pay for the VlRK flights was a Royal Bank of
Canada (RBC) VISA.
43.
Cpl. Cowan does not rely on the information contained in paragraphs 39, 41 or
45 of this Information to Obtain for the purposes of obtaining the warrant sought.
Those paragraphs are included solely for the purpose of discharging the RCMP’s
obligation to make full and true disclosure of all material facts relating to this
request for a search warrant.
44.
Based on the information provided by Mr. LEDUC in paragraph 40 of this
Information to Obtain, Cpl Cowan contacted RBC VISA and spoke with Heather
HAMMER. Ms. HAMMER confirmed that VlRK holds a valid RBC VISA and
personal bank account at RBC.
45.
Ms. HAMMER also confirmed that the the VISA number provided by Mr. LEDUC
was a valid RBC account and confirmed that the account was held in the name of
both Bob and Armijit VIRK. Ms. HAMMER confirmed, when asked, that there
were personal accounts held by RBC in the names of Bob and Armijit VIRK. Cpl.
Cowan advised Ms. HAMMER that the RCMP would be seeking to obtain a
search warrant for the account holder information and account statements for
October 2002 through January 2003 for RBC VISAas
well as any personal accounts held by both party.
46.
On October 5, 2004, Ms. HAMMER advised Cpl Cowan that the documents
sought relating to Bob and Armijit VlRK and their RBC accounts and VISA
statements were available and held by her at Royal Bank of Canada, Security
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47.
Based on the information gathered by investigators, it is believed that BAS1
received funds totaling $3000.00 from Brian KIERAN on or about December 09,
2002.
48.
It is believed that these funds were solicted by BAS1 to cover the cost of airfares
for BASI, lnderjit BASI, VlRK and Armijit VIRK.
49.
Investigators have been able to determine that VlRK and his wife booked and
paid for their flights separately from BASI.
50.
It is believed that based on the documents reviewed and the statements
provided, that BAS1 received the amount covering both pairs of tickets and that
$1500.00 would have been given directly to VlRK for payment on RBC VISA
, or for deposit into a personal bank account held by RBC
in the name of VlRK and/or Armijit VlRK
VII:
LOCATION TO BE SEARCHED:
51.
Royal Bank of Canada, Security and Investigations located at 33rd floor, 1055
West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3S5.
VIII:
ITEMS SOUGHT:
52.
Account holder information and account statements on RBC VIS2420 2147, in addition to all personal accounts held by RBC in the names of
Bobby Singh VlRK and/or Armijit VIRK, for October 2002, November 2002,
December 2002 and January 2003.
53.
It is the intention of investigators to review the items seized and attempt to locate
the specified $1500.00 cash believed to have been delivered by BAS1 to VIRK. If
located as an entry in the documents sought, investigators may apply for a
further warrant for the specific documentary item(s) showing the deposit, transfer
or payment to RBC VS
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REASON TO BELIEVE ITEMS SOUGHT ARE AT A LOCATION:
54.
On October 5, 2004 I spoke with Ms. HAMMER of RBC Security and
Investigations. Ms HAMMER advised me that all documents sought by the
RCMP with respect to this search warrant are currently located and
her at Royal Bank of Canada, Security and Investigations located at
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OTHER SEARCH WARRANT APPLICATIONS:
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56.
That, on August 7, 2003, Constable MOBBS swore an Information to Obtain for
an application for a Dial Number Recorder Warrant and related assistance order
for cellular telephone number(subscriber: Ministry of Finance/
User Dave BASI). On that date the Honourable Judge EHRCKE denied the Dial
Number Recorder Warrant on the basis of Cabinet or Parliamentary Privilege.
57.
That, on September 16, 2003, Constable MOBBS swore an Information to Obtain
for an amlication for a Dial Number Recorder Warrant and related assistance
order for' cellular telephone number
(subscriber: Ministry of
Finance/ User Dave BASI). On that date the Honourable Judge EHRCKE denied
the Dial Number Recorder Warrant on the basis that she required an opinion on
entry into the legislative precinct via electronic means.
58.
That on December 28, 2003, multiple Search Warrants relating to this
investigation were executed. These warrants were issued by ACJ DOHM and
are held under sealing order at the Vancouver Court Registry, BC Supreme
court.
59.
That on January 29, 2004, a search warrant was executed at the University of
Victoria relating to the student records of David BAS1 and Bob VIRK.
60.
That IPOC investigators have executed, and are continuing to execute as
statements become available, Search Warrants on banking, trading and credit
cards held by David BASI. Most recently was a Search Warrant executed on
September 03, 2004, evidence from which was used to support this application.
61.
That on July 22, 2004, a search warrant was executed at TD Canada Trust
Corporate Security in relation to TD Canada Trust Accountheld by
Aneal BASI.
62.
That on August 04, 2004, a Search Warrant was executed at TD Canada Trust
Cor orate Security in relation to TD Canada Trust account numbersand
held by Aneal BASI.
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That on September 29,2004 a Search Warrant was executed at TD Canada
Trust Corporate Security in relation to TD Canada Trust account numbers
-andheld by Aneal BASI.
XI:
REQUIREMENT OF A SEALING ORDER:
64.
It is requested that public access to all records relating to and including the said
Information(s) to Obtain, the Search Warrant(s), the Report(s) to a Justice and
the Detention Order(s) referred to in this my Information to Obtain be denied for
reasons that disclosure would:
a.
Compromise the nature and extent of the ongoing investigation; and
b.
Prejudice the interests of an innocent person(s).
XII:
HOURS OF SEARCH
65.
In the event that the bank representative is required to return or reschedule their
appointment, I am requesting that the hours of entry be between 2:OO p.m until
5 0 0 p.m. Thursday, October 7, 2004 inclusive. It is necessary to travel from
Victoria to Vancouver to both swear and execute the Search Warrant. Such time
parameters established on the warrant will allow flexibility with both travel and
schedules on the part of the bank representative and the RCMP for the date in
question.
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SWORN BEFORE ME at, ~
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In the Province of British Columbia,
of October 2004
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