Ottawa Hospital chief operating officer cleared in forensic audit
Work done by hospital contractors on Cameron Love's home paid for personally, audit finds
The scope of an independent forensic investigation into the Ottawa Hospital's planning department included chief operating officer Cameron Love, who was cleared of any wrongdoing, the hospital told CBC News in response to questions about work done by hospital contractors on the COO's home.
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In that lawsuit, the statement of claim accuses two former directors of conspiring with five contractors to defraud the hospital in exchange for kickbacks.
The forensic investigation cleared Cameron Love.
"In 2004/05, work was performed by one of the defendants named in the suit. In 2011, he (Love) had work done on his home by a hospital contractor who is not a defendant in the suit," Neill said.
The hospital said Love paid for the work personally and disclosed the information to his supervisor.
"The investigation has found no improper influence over contractor procurement, collusion with contractors or wrongdoing by Cameron Love."
Conflict of interest rules
But an expert in construction law, David Debenham questions whether that is good enough.
"There's usually any number of conflict of interest rules that prohibit a person responsible for a public procurement from doing business with the people that they're supervising and awarding contracts," Debenham said.
Between 2003 and 2014, Love was, among other roles, vice-president of facilities planning and development, which oversaw the planning department responsible for capital projects.
The same audit that cleared Love led to the lawsuit that names Frank Medwenitsch, the former director of capital projects, and Brock Marshall, the former director of engineering and operations as defendants.
The lawsuit includes accusations of conspiring to fix contracts, pad invoices, nepotism, extortion and kickbacks, that involved lavish trips, free cars, and low cost — even no cost — work done on the homes of Medwenitsch and Marshall.
The claims have not been proven in court.