The inquiry into the deadly collapse of the roof at Algo Centre mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., has heard about altered documents and questionable repairs to the structure in the years leading up to the June 2012 tragedy.

A former mall manager testified Wednesday she was asked to fake financial information and lie to mall tenants about plans to fix the roof, which had a history of leaking problems.

When Henrieth Laroue was hired to be an administrative assistant at the mall in 2007, the last thing she expected was to be tasked with the mall manager duties.

But that’s exactly what happened after the mall manager was fired.

Laroue told the inquiry that mall owner Bob Nazarian suddenly gave her the title of manager.

"I was very shocked," she said. "I said to him, ‘No, I don't know anything about fixing that roof’."

Laroue said Nazarian told her not to worry, and that he had engineering experience and knew how to fix it.

The roof leaked so badly that by 2008, Laroue recalled purchasing every bucket from the Dollarama store to catch the water.

'I told him it was illegal'

Tenants were demanding answers from the new mall manager.

Laroue said Nazarian instructed her to tell them $1 million was being spent to fix the roof.

She admitted she did so — even though she didn't believe it was true, saying she felt "terrible ... I was lying."

Laroue also told the inquiry Nazarian asked her to alter documents that showed the amount of rent the mall was collecting.

"I believe I told him it was illegal," she said, adding that she didn't know what the documents were used for.

The inquiry has heard during earlier testimony that, around the same time period, Nazarian was attempted to obtain more financing to pay for roof repairs.

Nazarian will have the chance to respond to what the inquiry has heard when he appears in July.

The inquiry was established in July 2012 by the Ontario government to report on events surrounding the mall roof's collapse, and the deaths of Lucie Aylwin and Doloris Perizzolo, as well as the injuries to others and the emergency management and response.

Hearings began March 4 and are expected to conclude with testimony from former premier Dalton McGuinty on Sept 12.

Elliot Lake inquiry schedule of testimony:

WitnessDates (subject to change)
PART ONE - COLLAPSE
Fred Bauthus (second period), Former Chief Administrative Officer, City of Elliot Lake * Will only speak to the second period he acted as CAO, namely September 4, 2007 to June 8, 2010 May 16 and 21 (and 22 if necessary), 2013
Henrieth Laroue (McLeery), Former Mall Manager, Eastwood MallMay 22 (and 23 if necessary), 2013 ** We will start Ms. Laroue's testimony as soon as the testimony of Mr. Bauthus is completed. 
Al Collett, Councillor, City of Elliot LakeMay 23, 2013 ** We will start Mr. Collett's testimony on May 22 if we are done with Ms. Laroue before the end of the day on May 22. 
Bruce Ewald, Chief Building Official, City of Elliot LakeMay 24, 2013
Judy McCulloch, Manager, Customer Service, ScotiabankMay 27, 2013
Don Denley, Former City of Elliot Lake CouncillorMay 27, 2013
Sonia Saari, Structural Engineer, CorselabMay 28, 2013
Tom Turner, Former Mall Manager, Eastwood MallMay 28, 2013
Panel: Hassan Saffarini, P. Eng - NORR Chris Hughes, Architect - NORR Pouria Ghods, P. Eng - Giatec Scientific Aaron Dinovitzer, P. Eng - BMT Fleet TechnologyMay 29 and 30, 2013
Rhonda Lendt (Bear), Former Mall Manager, Eastwood MallJune 4, 2013
Philip Sarvinis, Engineer, Read Jones Christofferson, retained by Eastwood MallJune 5, 2013
Ralph Regan, Former Inspector, Ministry of LabourJune 5, 2013
Tracy Patrick, Former Assistant to Robert Wood and Gregory Saunders, M.R. WrightJune 6, 2013
Gregory Saunders, Engineer, M.R. WrightJune 6, 2013
Robert Woods, M.R. WrightJune 7 and 10, 2013
Antoine-René Fabris, Lawyer, retained by Eastwood MallJune 11, 2013 ** We will start Mr. Fabris' testimony on June 10 if we are done with Mr. Wood before the end of the day on June 10. 
Rob DeBortoli, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Elliot LakeJune 12, 2013
Lesley Sprague, City ClerkJune 13, 2013
Ed Hudson, Former Inspector, Ministry of LabourJune 13, 2013
Majid Milani-Nia or Jaime M. Hass, PinchinJune 14, 2013
Ron McCowan, McCowan and Associates, considered purchase of MallJune 14, 2013
Rick Hamilton, Mayor, City of Elliot LakeJuly 8, 2013
Roger Jeffries, Engineer, Ministry of LabourJuly 9, 2013
Robert Racko, DeveloperJuly 10, 2013
Dale Craig, Expert, Engineer, J.L. RichardsJuly 10, 2013
Levon Nazarian, Leasing manager and real estate advisor, Eastwood MallStarting July 11 and continuing for the rest of the week of July 8 (and week of July 15 if necessary), 2013
Robert Nazarian, Owner, Eastwood MallWeek of July 15, 2013